ELEVATION: 4877 ft, with 3250 ft vertical gain.
DISTANCE: 52 mi up, 1/2 mi round-trip.
DURATION: 2V-3 hours up, 5-6 hours round-trip.
DIFFICULTY: Strenuous. Very long, Montreal Canada continual steep but not unbearable, minimal signage but obvious, crowded in summer near the bottom, wildlife sightings possible may include mule deer, coyote, Montreal Canada mountain lion, and black bear.
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TRIP REPORT: Within Mount Hood National Forest and Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness is this summit with great vertical and exercise, only an hour from Portland. The old lookout burned and was removed many years ago and even though some of the top is overgrown, views are more far-reaching than many expect! Try the hike from June to perhaps mid-July for the wildflower and rhododendron show in full bloom. Northwest Forest Pass required, and outhouses are located at nearby Salmon River W TH just N of the river and Green River Campground (open May through September).
Beginning of the route through the lively forest to Montreal Canada Salmon Your travel destination iste.
TRAILHEAD: Salmon Your travel destination iste TH. Take US-26 E from Portland 16 mi E of Sandy, turn right (S) in Zigzag past Montreal Canada Fire District Station on E Salmon River Road Montreal Canada (FR-2618) 5 mi, cross the bridge over the Salmon River into gravel less than 5 mi more to the end (50 mi, 1 hour from Portland).
ROUTE: Begin S beyond the boulders on the continuation of old FR-2618 more than 12 ml, first across the bridge over S Fork Salmon River, then winding up across small creeks past wildflowers with some fairly big Douglas fir as the narrowing Salmon River Trail 791 dives into the forest to the right. Follow the slightly overgrown Trail 791 through the thick woods with a steady steep grade. Most of the undergrowth nearly disappears except for ferns through the moss-covered forest before you cross a partially cut tree at 2 mi from the TH. The path widens as you soon round the bottom of a NW shoulder off the N ridge of Salmon Your travel destination iste and stay W of the ridge a while. More than Y mi farther (22 mi up) is an opening to a good view of a large rock monolith known as Green Knob far to the S (just W of Salmon Your travel destination iste which is out of sight) and of Salmon Mountain across the valley NW.