If you’re looking for an easy hike in Mount Hood National Forest the Old Salmon River Trail is a great place to start.
When my sister and I visited Mount Hood in late March we thought we would be able to hike anywhere, but we were so wrong… the snow was still packed in on almost all of the trails! Unfortunately we were not prepared for snowshoeing or winter hiking, so we had to return to the Zig Zag Ranger Station and the trails at the start of the forest where the snow was melted.
Here we asked for an easy hike in Mount Hood National Forest and the ranger recommended Old Salmon River Trail. It’s almost two miles out and back (four miles total) and has very little incline. It’s also located in a surreal and stunning moss covered forest along the banks of the wild and rushing Old Salmon River.
This hike doesn’t have views of Mount Hood, but if you’re in the park on a rainy or cloudy day and want to experience the classic PNW atmosphere, this is a great choice for any and all skill and fitness levels.
The best way to get there is to just plug the “Old Salmon River Trailhead” into your GPS or stop by the Zig Zag Ranger Station that’s just a minute or two up the road for directions.
If you’re still on the fence, check out my photos below to see why you should add this easy hike in Mount Hood National Forest to your Portland to-do list!
The Old Salmon River Trail is beautiful, easy, and a great hike during the spring or fall when options in Mount Hood National Forest are limited from the snowfall.
Explore the trail, enjoy the scenery, and comment below to let me know what you think!
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