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Oregon Coast Range Hikes: Upper Salmonberry River

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.
Nov 15, 2013

Oregon Coast Range Hikes: Upper Salmonberry River

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The owner of this trail has asked that the public cease hiking it. I have decided, therefore, to no longer encourage people to hike it. I’ve removed the directions from this post and the one on the Lower Salmonberry, and I will take it out of the next edition of my book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland.

For now, here’s a photo album of what should, one day, be an amazing trail through the Coast Range.

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

Let’s walk back down the railroad! This time we’ll be getting a little high …

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

This kind of rail damage is pretty standard all along the Salmonberry.

 

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

Forest view from the Big Baldwin Bridge, about 2.5 miles out.

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

An iPhone panorama of Cochran Pond.

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

The tunnels are slightly creepy and super cool. At least there aren’t trains in them anymore!

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

Big Baldwin Bridge is probably the highlight of this section of the Salmonberry.

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

Water tank at the top of Big Baldwin — also the start of a 1.6-mile-long hose.

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

This is the much-damaged Wolf Creek: note the debris below and the tracks across the way, which a mile’s walk.

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

Here’s a close-up of that same section of track, along Wolf Creek.

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

It’s not the highest, but the bridge at Wolf Creek is all wood and very sweet.

The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

Hey, we can do it ! Let’s walk to San Francisco!

Here are a couple of videos, the first from Big Baldwin Bridge:

And the second from Wolf Creek Bridge:

I hope to see you, someday, on the Salmonberry Trail!

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I don’t just hike around Portland, though: I’m also working on a book about soccer in England.

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Paul Gerald

I am the author of several books on hiking, camping, eating breakfast and chilling out. I am also a freelance travel writer, publisher, hiker, and inveterate traveler.
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