Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness

Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, Rhododendron: Address, Phone Number, Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness Reviews: 4.5/5

Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness

Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness
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Penticto-visitor
McMinnville, OR48 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
The US Forest Service rates the 14.5 mile loop through this wilderness area as “difficult.” There are a few scrambles over loose, rocky dirt and eroding trails, but most scrambles only span four feet. The difficulty lies in a 2000 foot elevation climb over 3 miles, followed by another 1,000’ up to 4,000’ at the top.

We took maps, a compass, and a water filtration bottle. The Forest Service Zigzag ranger station employee told us it was easy to access water along the Sslmon River because the trail followed the river. That was true on the map, but a vertical distance of several hundred feet would make it difficult for a skilled hiker to reach the water. One might wonder if the employee had been past the first four miles or even looked at pictures of the trail.

The first 3-4 miles would be doable for an overnight stay for backpackers with average fitness and basic gear. No fires allowed much of the summer, and shovels create toilets.

Hunchback Trail, the lower half of the Salmon River Trail, and Kinzel Lake Trail were decently signed with wood signs, but there was scant evidence of the junction between the first 2 trails I named. We missed Kinzel Lake completely! There were several unsigned y’s in the Trail, but the main trail followed the map. There were also signs to “water” and “toilet” that left us wondering when and where these things were.

Dispersed campsites were available above and below 2,000’ (on a week end), and the lower elevations were much busier with folks enjoying the outdoors.

Many folks, it appeared in higher elevations, had not brought a shovel to bury their human waste, so I ask you to please do that for those who follow your path.

The lookout had a great view but no signs of a pit toilet or water access. Plan ahead, and be prepared. Buzzing insects nag at those who stop for long on the trail, but we were not stung.

The trails are verdant, and the meadows are gorgeous. Enjoy the views, and take a LOT of water.
Written August 20, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jerryOregonCity
oregon city9 contributions
Jul 2015
Lots of hiking and fishing opportunities. Located in a Wild Fish Sanctuary, so leave your worms at home. Catch and Release for wild trout, steelhead and salmon.
Written April 12, 2016
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Sandilo
Rhododendron, OR207 contributions
Sep 2014
Hike along the Salmon River! Very easy trail and wonderful places to stop along the river for a bit of reflection and a snack!
Written July 29, 2015
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