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Lush old-growth forest along the banks of the Salmon River. Bright green licorice ferns hanging on the sides of wet cliffs. The lush aroma of wet earth under my feet. Many huge, old-growth Douglas firs scattered along the trail, along with a few old-growth cedars.
The Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness southwest of Mt. Hood draws me to its beautiful area several times a year. Wildcat Mountain, Huckleberry Mountain, Devils Peak and Salmon Butte are typical destinations.
This day I hiked 3 1/2 miles to an overlook of the deep Salmon River Canyon, enjoying the sights and smells of the rain forest.
The hike made for a fine outing on a sunny but cold day. And, since I started early, no other hikers were seen on the hike to the overlook.
However, this is a very well-known and popular trail. Amazingly enough, I passed over 90 hikers on the way out. Thankfully, most were wearing masks and stepping off the trail for fellow hikers.
Two tributaries to the Salmon River, and the River near the Trailhead
Trail cutting through the cliffs near the River
Large old-growth Doug Firs scattered along the trail
Into the Wilderness