The heaviest use of the Salomon River Trail occurs in the spring and early summer in the lower end which generally is flat and follows along or within a few hundred feet of the river. Three camping areas exist on this section of the trail. The trail is located within the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness and permits are required. They are self issuing at the trailhead or the wilderness boundary.
Leaving the river's edge, the trail climbs to a bluff with several viewpoints. The sound of Final and Frustration Falls below can be heard from here. There are no maintained trails down to the steep and hazardous falls area. The eastern portion of the trail tends to offer an opportunity for solitude. Start from the Mud Creek trailhead from Road 2656-309. Hiking 0.4 miles will take you to a viewpoint of the Salmon River Valley and 3.1 miles of hiking takes you to the river. An interesting 18.4 mile hike can be made by combining this trail with Kinzel Lake and Hunchback Trails.
Directions: From Sandy, Travel east on Highway 26 for 17.9 miles. Turn south on Salmon River Road and follow it for five miles to the trailhead.
Distance: 14.9 miles
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