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.
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).
#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.