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Salmon Mountain Trail #787

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer point to point
86% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 348' 106 m
Descent: -277' -84 m
High: 4,033' 1,229 m
Low: 3,844' 1,172 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Trail shared by Kathleen Walker

This remote trail begins off Plaza Trail and crosses the ridgeline of Salmon Mountain and leads to an old fire lookout.

Kathleen Walker

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Salmon Mountain Trail is remote with little water. Access to the trail from snow is usually mid- to late June.

Description

Salmon Mountain Trail begins far along the Plaza Trail #783. At the junction, head southeast up the hill to the Salmon Mountain ridgeline. Bear left on the ridge into the rhododendrons. The trail roughly follows the ridge up and down before dropping to the left slightly. An old user trail continues on the ridgeline for a short distance.

Follow the trail where it drops to the left and scramble your way through the rhododendron thickets using caution at a section with a steep, unstable sideslope. Keep going and regain the ridgeline. Bear right (south) for a short cross-country section up the edge of a steep meadow to the remnants of the Salmon Mountain Fire Lookout.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain hemlock, salal, Oregon grape, and thick thickets of rhododendron that are overtaking the trail!

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The remnants of the Salmon Mountain Lookout on the Salmon Mountain Trail still provide a gorgeous look at Mt. Hood. Photo by John Sparks.
Jan 25, 2017 near Mount H…, OR
The junction of the Plaza Trail and the Salmon Mountain Trail has good signage.
Jan 25, 2017 near Mount H…, OR

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