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Salmon Butte

The weather on Sunday looks good for a climb up Salmon Butte. If the weather is clear, we should be able to see Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson once we reach the top. The trail ascends at[masked] feet per mile for the entire 5.6 miles to the butte and is well-maintained.

Rating: Difficult
Distance: 11.2 miles
Elevation gain: 3,170 feet
Hiking time: About 6 hours
Hiking pace: About 2-2.5 mph
Driving distance: 83 miles round-trip; please bring at least $8 for gas.
Permits: NW Forest Pass
Bring: Ten essentials, water, lunch, non-cotton clothing (especially denim jeans).
Dogs: No











Trail descriptions:
#63 in Sullivan's "100 Hikes In Northwest Oregon"

We'll meet at the southeast corner (the one nearest Fred Meyer) of the Gateway Transit Center parking garage and carpool to the trailhead.

Trailhead directions from Portland:
Take US 26 (Mt Hood Highway) 35 miles east from Gateway to Zigzag. Just after the traffic light in front of the fire station on the right in Zigzag, turn right onto Salmon River Road. Drive 5.5 miles south and park in the gravel parking lot at the end of the road. The trail begins at the locked gate at the edge of the lot. The trailhead's GPS co-ordinates are N45°16.285' W121°56.465'

If there is interest, we can stop on the way back for drinks and/or dinner. I anticipate being back at Gateway by 6PM, but I can't guarantee it. If you really need to be back by a specific time, please don't sign up!

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK! Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trailhead or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.

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  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Excellent!!! Nothing but sunshine and blue skies. We get to see five glacier mountains from the butte. The people are wonderful and enthusiastic. I am glad that I reRSVP. I did not want to miss it. Thank you Marc for putting this together. I will see you on a next outdoor adventure.

    July 1, 2013

  • barbara s.

    Thank you Marc for leading this hike on a postcard perfect day. At the top it seemed as though I was walking in someone's garden, that's how beautiful the flowers are. Seeing 5 mountains unobscured by clouds was such a treat. I had a great time with the group.

    July 1, 2013

  • John

    Thanks, all. Great hike!!

    July 1, 2013

  • Zeph

    Good hike. Thanks Marc. Good conditioning for the knee

    July 1, 2013

  • PJ

    Most elevation I've done, so a personal achievement for me. Thank you Marc for finding this hike......a very good one! The fellow hikers, weather, and gorgeous surprising views were spectacular. The pics will speak for themselves. Another great time with NWW. Where else do you see 5 well-known mountains at one time!!!

    1 · June 30, 2013

    • B.G

      one more step towards Adams:)

      June 30, 2013

    • PJ

      Missed you on this hike Bhaskar.....

      July 1, 2013

  • Keith

    Had a great time today! Thanks NWW

    June 30, 2013

  • Natalie S.

    Please do this again another day. Did Defiance today ;)

    June 29, 2013

  • PJ

    Yayyyyyy Chatchay!!!

    June 29, 2013

  • Abby

    This looks like a great hike. I am not sure I will be up for doing 2.5 mph in the heat forecast for the weekend. Have a great time!

    June 28, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Cannot commit to it due to being long. I am thinking about creating this hike in the future. Be safe and have fun. Thanks.

    June 27, 2013

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