In this edition of the Explore Oregon Podcast, outdoors reporter Zach Urness heads to the ancient forest of the Salmon River hiking trails between Portland and Mount Hood.
Zach talks about the easy, medium and difficult way to explore one of Oregon’s most spectacular old-growth temperate rainforests. The podcast highlights Wildwood Recreation Site and Salmon River hiking trails heading into the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness, breaking down how to backpack, day-hike and explore the area.
He also highlights some extreme whitewater kayaking to visit, the area’s hidden waterfalls and a trip to an abandon fire lookout at the top of a nearby mountain.
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Zach Urness has been an outdoors reporter in Oregon for 15 years and is host of the Explore Oregon Podcast. To support his work, subscribe to the Statesman Journal. Urness is the author of “Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon” and “Hiking Southern Oregon.” He can be reached at zurness@StatesmanJournal.com or (503) 399-6801. Find him on Twitter at @ZachsORoutdoors.