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2016-08-14  
Salmon River - Mount Hood, OR
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Salmon River - Mount Hood, OR 
Salmon River - Mount Hood, OR
 
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2016
black_toes
Hiking4.29 Miles 583 AEG
Hiking4.29 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.36 mph
583 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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A kayaker's nightmare far upstream in the gorge (Class V, V+, extreme), MJ and I hiked along a relatively mild and shallow 2-mile section of the 34-mile Salmon, which bears little if any relationship to its more famous, same-named river in Idaho. The easy walk in deep shadows through dense and moss-cloaked forests of mostly red cedar, alder and towering fir began at the TH about two miles south of the community of Welches, about an hour's drive east of Portland. We parked along a paved road with several other vehicles and descended on a clear dirt path to the river.

Like many of our Oregon hikes this summer, this one was a dream for those who like to identify trees and other plants. But it had of course no high vistas and got monotonous after a while. All that green and the stream with its small patches of whitewater. Found several places leading down to the cold waters of the Salmon, which originates from the Palmer Glacier on Mount Hood. It was fishing season for steelhead and brook trout, but you would never know it. Saw not a single angler. Chinook and Coho salmon spawn in these waters, I read. Neither did we find signs of black bear or mule deer. The Salmon eventually empties into the Columbia via Sandy River.

At the Green Canyon Campground at the end of the trail, we found several trailers and two friendly guys in one of them. We had passed several tenters camping in the woods downstream, mostly young couples with a baby or young children. The Forest Service is considering an elimination of scattered camping sites and consolidating all into one big campground. Too much trash left behind. The end of this trail is the beginning of another going upstream to the high country, the gorge and at some point a juncture with the Pacific Crest Trail. A nice relaxing hike, while thinking none too fondly of the Arizona heat that awaits us in a few more days.
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