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The Salmon Mountain Trail, a narrow, rocky route for the sure footed is not a blazed trail and can be difficult to follow in places. The trail basically follows the ridge reaching several short peaks and crossing the ridgeline occasionally. The rocky section between 1.0 and 1.4 miles has no tread or trail markings. The trial makes a switchback up to the lookout site, which not only has magnificent views of the Cascades, but also gives a bird's-eye view of the South Fork of the Salmon River drainage and surrounding peaks.

Although the trail once extended the entire length of Salmon Mountain down to Cheeney Creek, that portion of the trail is entirely overgrown and should not be attempted unless a rugged, map and compass, bushwhacking experience is desired.

Directions: From Estacada, Travel southeast on Highway 224 to Forest Service Road 4610. Follow 4610 east across the forest boundary and to the trailhead for Plaza Trail #783 at the edge of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. Follow this trail north to its junction with the Salmon Mountain Trail.

Distance: 1.8 miles

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

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