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Salmon River Trail Hike

This will be Tim's 2nd qualifier and final to become a hike leader for the PHMG and as such I will just be along for the ride.

 TOTAL MILES: 7.8 miles

 ELEVATION GAIN: 950 ft 

PACE: Moderate 2.5 - 3 mph 

DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate 

TYPE: Out and Back 

ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 3 hours

 PERMITS: None 

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 80 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $8.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks! 

What do you do when you have an extra day off from work? Go hiking of course! 

The Salmon River Trail is a old favorite, it starts out fairly level and stays that way for the first 2 miles as it follows the river, then it starts a decent ascent up to a viewpoint, most of the elevation gain on this hike is in the last mile to the turnaround point. Along the way we will see Old Growth Forest, Deep Pools, Plunging Falls, and an Awesome River Canyon at our lunch spot. Be sure to bring enough clothes to stay warm when we stop at the halfway point, we will spend 20-30 minutes here. 

More description of the Hike at this link: http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Salmon_River_Hike 

NO DOGS, please.

 What to bring: • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks • Three to Five light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!) • Rain gear • Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended) • The 10 essentials* • Trekking poles (never a bad idea) • Lunch, snacks and plenty of water *Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter.

 For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

 • Please note if the hike is full, you can choose to be notified of a open spot . What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone who wants a spot will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

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  • Steve

    Excellent day on the trail...great group of hikers..super weather...nice job out there Tim!

    2 · January 20, 2014

    • Kathy

      Photos? I'd like to see photos before I post my 2nd qualifier. Thanks!!

      January 20, 2014

    • Kathy

      Thanks Steve. Humm, think Silver Star it is.

      January 20, 2014

  • madeline

    Really nice hike and thanks for the leadership, Tim. Appreciated the equipment adjustments!

    2 · January 20, 2014

  • Tim F

    Solid group of hikers. I enjoyed sharing the trail with all of you.

    2 · January 20, 2014

  • Dawn

    Beautiful hike today ... sun, water, wind, old growth, terrific views and a great group! Thanks so much Tim....excellent leadership!!!

    2 · January 20, 2014

  • Jim H.

    Just got in on a cancellation. I would be happy to pay the full mileage donation but since I live near Sandy it would be great if I could get picked up at Joes Donuts. Can we work that out?

    January 19, 2014

    • Tim F

      Jim, We will stop at the Thriftway in Welches for a last restroom break, you can meet us there at 9:15, or at the trailhead at 9:30. please leave a comment on which option you prefer.

      January 19, 2014

    • Jim H.

      Given those options, I will meet you at the trailhead.

      January 20, 2014

  • Tim F

    Weather forecast for Monday is high 40's , however we will be under forest cover for much of this hike, so expect tempertures to remain around the mid 30's, please make sure you have appropriate clothing to stay warm on this hike. No Cotton clothing.

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Ayama T.

    Can you give me an idea of when you think the hike will be complete and we'll be back in downtown Portland? Thanks, Beth

    January 14, 2014

    • Rukshana(Shana)

      Beth, when I plan on a hike, I clear the whole day out just for a hike. I don't plan anything else on the day if the hike. You have to consider driving time, if it snows or not, if there is a traffic. Hiking time, pictures taking, pace of the group. All those things determines the hike. If you have to be back at a certain time sometimes adds pressure on the drivers and other people who are carpool. Instead of being a relaxing day, & a pleasant hiking day it becomes a day full of stress and chaos. These are all examples I have learned through hikes i have lead. Hope it helps.

      January 14, 2014

    • Tim F

      Beth, I would expect to be back at Gateway around 4:00. However we will not be pushing to hit any specific deadlines, so it can of course be later depending on things like traffic.

      January 15, 2014

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