- but a great F'ing workout! Kinzel Lake via Salmon River Trail is a 16.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Burnt Lake South Trail to East Zigzag Mountain Trail, Devils Peak via Green Canyon Way & Hunchback Trails, Zig Zag Mountain Trail to Burnt Lake and Cast Lake. This is a killer trail, however the view at the top is very rewarding. We camped at Kinzel Lake which wasn’t hard to find and there are established sites with tables which was nice. If you stay here, you could see sunset and sunrise which is a huge perk! From the Kinzel Lake Trail, you could also explore the Hunchback trail after 2.2 miles. Myself and a group of friends did an overnight trip doing the loop counter clockwise. Hood NF, Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, OR. This trail goes by Devil's Peak. Conditions couldn’t have been better— cool and sunny 65 degrees with a light breeze. Very nice to cool off after the long hike. It leads through a thick, old-growth forest and parallels the pristine Salmon River. For our day hike, we planned to hike along the Salmon River Trail for a 10-12 mile hike. Sad to see trucks pull in as we reached the lake; all that work and they just drove there!! However, the lake was a lot smaller than I anticipated and was more like a big swamp to me. Trail on Kinzel Lake, Salmon River, and Kinzel Creek in Mt. You don't need to get all the way to the road and down, there are obvious splits along the right side (going up) of Kinzel Lake Trail that lead to the lake and cut off a two hundred feet of climb or so. We’re looking forward to doing it again and going through the entire loop. Between the end points, connecting trails such as the 2.1-mile (3.4 km) long Kinzel Lake Trail, make a variety of hikes possible in combinations. there are also plenty of campsites around but you will need to bring all your water as you really only have water access on the Salmon River which the trail only follows the first three miles going clockwise. Hiked on Aug 29: easy road access to TH. Woke up and thought I was inside a campfire. From the Hunchback Trail, you can head to Green Canyon Way Trail for around 3 miles. Beautiful, butt kicker hike with lovely views of Mt. Also became my profile pic with my vacation beard and mt hood in the background... none of which you care about. Just went in and out. I saw tracks on the trail in 2 places on the north east side . The police are aware of the issue, so hopefully this issue improves soon but I will not be taking the gamble again. ... United States › Oregon › Mount Hood National Forest › Kinzel Lake Loop via Salmon River Trail #742. I packed very light and was able to walk/jog to to the lake in 3.5hrs with little stopping. The trail generally follows gentle terrain, but there are several steep sections along the way. Wasn’t too busy for a Saturday. We heard it with less than a half mile from the trailhead. Expect to see mixed hardwoods, beautiful views of the Salmon River, and an enormous glacial erratic. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. We reached Devils tower and wished we could have slept there: it’s a lookout tower that you can sleep inside with a view of Mt Hood. It did it twice and was close but we never saw it. Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842, Directions from Sandy: Travel east on Highway 26 for 17.9 miles. I “caught up” and eventually felt hydrated as I cruised downhill from Kinzel Lake into the Salmon River Canyon. Blowdown gives you a challenging workout on the way down. We would definitely do this again, but maybe bring just enough gear to stay the night at the lookout. Excellent day hike. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. saw a bullfrog. just long, strait, steep, viewless garbage. don't go alone or with kids unless you are armed . Just before the junction with the Kinzel Lake Trail, the trail started to become a bit more overgrown. Searchable listings of Salmon River RV parks and campgrounds. The trail is level and a spur trail left leads to a view of Little Niagara Falls far below. The first two miles are fairly flat followed by two steeper miles to viewpoints. loads of riverside campsites. then when you turn on to kinzel lake trail it is STRAIT and up for 2 miles non stop. salmon river trail section is gorgeous. The trail courses through shady woods and crosses a creek. The trail is great, no question there. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. U need a permit. It's lower elevations makes it accessible nearly year-round. issam1963 3 months ago . *we did cut over to hunchback and the fire lookout at devils peak to make it a loop. side note, when looking for the right turn to kinzel lake off of kinzel lake trail there is no sign but it's the ONLY major obvious side trail. 10. The forest was full of mushrooms of all types everywhere we looked. Had some coffee and packed up. It’s a beautiful place, but do not park here. Trail from Kinzel Lake to Green Canyon trail was mostly still snow covered. Several portions are in protected wilderness. As the day wore on, it got hotter and more humid and I just wasn’t taking enough water in. We didn’t run into people until the last 2 miles of the Salmon River trail where you will find plenty of camp spots. I hated switchbacks on climbs... Until I hit this trail that doesn't have any!!! Didn’t find a good access point for Kinzel Lake. - Amazing hike. Near six miles and the trail to Kinnzel Lake I came across a set of large paw prints. Fields of clover and wildflowers along the way. All three of our cars were broken into and things stolen. If you're looking to stay at Kinzel Lake, the trail leading to the lake campground is hard to find, there are no signs for it at all. Hunchback trail could use some maintenance; blow downs. Run/hike this steep singletrack 3.25 miles up to the Hunchback Ridge Trail, and checkout the view of Mount Hood from the Devil’s Peak lookout. I overnighted with friends on 8/24-8/25. Hunchback Trail, the lower half of the Salmon River Trail, and Kinzel Lake Trail were decently signed with wood signs, but there was scant evidence of the junction between the first 2 trails I named. We did this loop counter clockwise. Pass campsites on the right and cross another creek. Chinook and Coho salmon, along with Steelhead, Rainbow and Cutthroat trout are found in the river. Hiked only about 3 miles in but it was very cold and beautiful. Salmon bute . Lots to love... enjoy it! And the hike begins with the all-important auto-timer shot. After 2 miles, the path leaves the river and climbs to a bluff with a view of the Salmon River’s rugged upper canyon. Great loop. got good water to filter. This picture shows the route I took. It was nice to hike next to the river, cross mini bridges and was able to keep cool by all the shade the trees provided. Salmon Trail via Kinzel is a 14.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Welches, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail travels through timber and is generally well graded gaining approximately 2,000 feet in elevation. Was really busy last couple of miles. My husband and I hiked this in June. Access to this trail is best from the west end and is a great through hike. Holly UP! Kinzel Lake Trail is a bit isolated and is usually used as part of a longer loop with Salmon River Trail #742 or Hunchback Trail #793. Omg... My legs will never be the same. Burnt Lake South Trail to East Zigzag Mountain Trail, Devils Peak via Green Canyon Way & Hunchback Trails, Zig Zag Mountain Trail to Burnt Lake and Cast Lake. Length: 4.5 miles Towns: Colchester Trail Overview: The Salmon River Trail in Colchester is within the Salmon River watershed and traverses a portion of Salmon River State Forest and loops through Day Pond State Park. Had a great one night backpacking trip here. The easiest access to Kinzel Lake Trail is at the end of Sherar Burn Road (Forest Road 2613). Refilled water bottles right before the lookout tower. Ran out of water on the way back down and had to pump at the river. no switchbacks. Then we hiked up Kinzel, but instead of going to the lake we went up Hunchback trail to the fire lookout (at Devil's Peak). Trail Highlights:This trail accesses the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness Area and travels through mossy old growth forest next to the wild and scenic Salmon River. small,swampy, buggy. Luckily I had my dog with us but it was very concerning. Kinzel Lake itself is botanically unusual and this hike also allows you to experience a ruggedly beautiful section of the Salmon River as it runs through wilderness. We missed Kinzel Lake completely! On our way out we distinctly heard a low growl of a mountain lion though. The Salmon River Trail trail climbs gradually, about 1100 feet over 6.1 to the junction with the Kinzel Lake Trail, which takes you up to Hunchback Mountain. To complete a … least favorite trail in Oregon. At about the eight-mile mark, the trail nears the river and Linney Creek Trail #499 will drop you to the river. It was quite tranquil listening to the Salmon River on the way up! But the lake at the end is amazing for a little skinny dip !! Trail in Mt. Some sections were washed out. Pretty steep incline and beautiful views. The entire length of the river is a protected National Wild and Scenic River. Finally, for the final leg, you can have a 3.2 mile traverse into the Salmon River Road, and this is where you’ll see the camping … Did a 1 night backpacking trip on Sept 4. Wanted to have fresh legs for the incline. 0 • At its eastern end, the Salmon River Trail connects to the Pacific Crest Trail via the 4.5-mile (7.2 km) long Jackpot Meadows Trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Do not overnight here! Hood NF, Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, OR. but quiet and peaceful. From here to the trail descends pretty steeply a few miles down to the junction with the Salmon River Trail. Kinzel trail is a killer and we were glad we dropped our backpacks. Salmon River Trail #742. Turn this into a loop and make it to the top of Devil's Peak for a really cool old fire lookout! For my first backpacking trip here, a friend and I hiked in to the campsites at Goat Creek, about a mile beyond the canyon viewpoint. not terribly challenging but plenty of up to get you going. Hunchback trail past Devil's Peak had tons of fallen trees that you have to climb over, which was both fun and exhausting. Hood. It is affluent to the Sandy River, a tributary of the Columbia River. The best scenery in my opinion were the last 3 miles on the salmon river. Every car broken into. For those who continue, the trail continues to climb well away from the river, passing the Kinzel Lake Trail #665 on your left and dropping and climbing out of side drainages. It was steep pretty much the whole way, but also forested the entire time so it wasn’t bad at all. Not for the faint of heart. unless u just want to see how long you can walk up steep switch backs packing ur heavy bag I wouldn't recommend this loop. After six miles, we headed north on the Kinzel Lake Trail towards Kinzel Lake. Great run on Thanksgiving day. listened to crickets all night. thier is only about 3 places flat enough to set up a tent . Great trail. I’ve hiked along the Salmon River Trail to the canyon viewpoint on day hikes about 10 times, but I’d never continued beyond it. Kinzel Lake was crystal clear, sunny day so lots of beautiful scenic views and majestic view of Mt Hood. You don’t get the fallen trees until you meet Hunchback trail, and it’s not too bad. Kinzel Lake Loop via Salmon River Trail #742 . The popular 14-mile Salmon River Trail crosses the heart of the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness, but most folks hike up 3-5 miles and turn around for a nice day trip. Large cats seem to patrol these parts which is a bit unnerving. Reach the Salmon River-Kinzel Lake Trail Junction and go right. Searchable listings of Salmon River hotels, motels, resorts, bed & breakfast, and more. 5.5 miles up the Salmon River Trail is the Kinzel Lake trail junction. You start level with the river, but get several great view points of the river and canyon along the way. Views of the pine stands and an oak plantation. The Salmon River is a 33.5-mile (53.9 km) river in the Cascade Range in the U.S. state of Oregon that drains part of southwestern Mount Hood. That is Lake Kinzel, 1700 feet above my turn-around point. The width varies from narrow to wide with the better tread found on the west and east ends of the trail. Salmon Mountain Trail. Best to stay alert! junction with the Salmon River Trail #742 and the northern end begins at Kinzel Lake. The main trailhead parking area is not safe to keep your car overnight. if you backpack here keep in mind your car has a good chance of getting broken into. The trail is great! Salmon trail to Kinzel lake looping back along the Hunchback trail and Green Canyon way. "The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until September. Only saw 1 person until we got to the lookout. The peek-a-boo views of mt hood are beautiful. The trail parallels the pristine, shaded Salmon River and cuts across a bend in deep woods. Salmon Trail via Kinzel is a 23.7 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Welches, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Green Trail (1.8 miles) An alternate trail providing a shorter route back to the horse camp from the blue trail. The first 2.5 miles of the Salmon River Trail (from west to east) is most ideal for novice hikers. Tree Huggers Delight This is a short, delightful trail that runs along the rushing Salmon River. Well-marked trail, nice incline to get warmed up and then it gets steep for about 4 miles. There is a connector trail at Kinzel Lake itself that climbs up … Did this as a long day hike going clockwise. This is further preparation for an overnight hike to Lake Kinzel. VERY heavy traffic with lots of people and dogs, so don’t expect to be on your own. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Started counter clockwise, so at Green Canyon. Views of the mountains was beautiful. On the far right you can see a blue dot. It’s a flat, easy trail that winds itself by several old growth trees that are … if you get to a gravel road at the top you missed it. Kinzel Lake is more of a small pond, but the water is more than swimmable! Use our easy Lodging Search to find exactly the type of accommodation you are looking for at the right price. Then it swings out to the river again and cuts off another bend. 0 • PLACE. Excited to do this again later in the season. I will present only the first 6 miles of this trail to the junction with Trail #665, which leads to Kinzel Lake and the trail to Devils Peak. and thier is the cougar situation. Tons of fires here in Oregon (at this point I had no idea about the fire at Eagle Creek). The next day we descended all the way the end. I will not be coming back here though... unfortunately every car at the trailhead had a window smashed when we arrived back at the car in the morning. Took us 9 hrs to complete and we are not in the best of shape. This popular portion of the Salmon River Trail begins with a riverside stroll among huge old-growth trees. Pro Tip: Get high, or make an overnight out of it! Overall, nice hike. the trail was fine for the most part but extremely boring. It appears more as a wash, about a quarter mile before hitting the road, keep your eyes out for it. The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation.". This trail climbs from the edge of Salmon River to a bluff with several view points and follows the north shoulder of the river. A short spur trail ¼ mile south of Sherar Burn Road (Forest Road 2613) leads to Kinzel Lake and a small primitive campground with facilities including pit toilets, fireplaces and picnic tables. terrible cause its such a lovely trail. Camped out two nights and did lots of side trip exploring. Enjoy! Kinzel Lake Loop via 742. next day continued on to finish the "green canyon way" loop which also was viewless and sucked except the lookout shelter. Heard there were car break ins so I emptied everything I didn’t want but we didn’t have any trouble. Did this in May 2016 and got the offer for my current job when we got cell service at the lookout. Turn south on Salmon River Road and follow it for five miles to the trailhead for the Salmon River Trail #742. Cool Creek Trail to Devil’s Peak. Apparently this is a chronic problem, and not a one time thing. We’ve been on this trail a few times, but never all the way out to the Goat Creek Camp viewpoint. This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail. Follow this trail for 6.1 miles to the Kinzel Lake Trail. The hike is strenuous! We only went up to the first lookout point on the ridge looking down to the river. Killer killer killer. Phone said 20.75 miles from parking lot. The views from the lookout are amazing and well worth the thigh burner to get there. As stated earlier, lots of downed trees. Inaccessible waterfalls roar far below. Great overnight journey. DIFFICULT 14.8 mi. scenery the whole time. The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation.". Kinzel Lake Trail. Easy Hike to River. "The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker. Ten, yes 10 cars were broken into last week. If we did this again it would be as an overnighter. Middle Salmon River Trail #742 with connections to Kinzel Lake Trail Trail #665, Linney Creek Trail #499. However, when we reached the wide flat expanse of slippery basalt at Kinzel Creek, we decided to turn around and hike up the Kinzel Lake trail instead. kinzel lake is a cool little campsite though. This is a moderate loop trail to Kinzel Lake in Mount Hood National Forest. The trail is well-maintained, consists of soft forest duff and follows the Salmon River for the first 2 miles. Yellow Trail (2 miles) Provides riders from outside the forest access to the trail system and ties into the reservoir trail system. We backpacked in and dropped our gear along the stream at a good spot for camping. Kinzel Lake via Salmon River Trail is a 26.7 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. From there, we went a little further and took a 30 minute break near Kinzel Creek. Trail #742 follows the Salmon River at varying distances from its banks, and varying elevations above the river, all the way to Forest Road 309, which connects to Forest Road 2656 from Trillium Lake. I took a user trail in hopes of seeing Vanishing Falls, and wound up finding a prime spot I’ll be coming back too. DIFFICULT 11.0 mi. There were several unsigned y’s in the Trail, but the main trail … Day 1- Start: Kinzel Lake Campground, End: Salmon River TH. the shattered glass in the parking lot shouldve given me a hint. go back down 1/4 mile or less look to the left. This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail. But as the 14-mile (one-way) trail continues, know that it does get more difficult with a climb from the river’s edge to the bluff overhead for an elevation gain of 1,800 feet. Kinzel Lake Trail, built in 1925, spans the distance between the lush river bottom environment along the Salmon River and the dry ridgetop on Hunchback Mountain. Can't imagine having to climb over them at the end on fatigued legs. Either my phone gps is way off or the mileage on here is off. No bugs. Our hike started on the Salmon River Trail, a slowly ascending trail that follows the Salmon River for about 3 miles before gradually veering up along a ridge and away from the gently flowing water. From there a trail parallells the Salmon River trail along a ridge and then … Very few people and was breaking trail after the first lookout about three miles in. Run was quickly changed from a loop to an out and back. Such a shame because it really is a great hike! After a few surprisingly steep, short sections, we made it to the junction with the Kinzel Lake Trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until September. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Baker 4 months, 2 weeks ago . Overall very fun. Not going back until these people are caught.

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