The Old Salmon River Trail travels along the emerald river, past giant trees and over bridges on a 5 mile round-trip hike near Welches in Mount Hood National Forest.

There’s nothing that quite compares with exploring Oregon’s temperate rainforests in the dead of winter.

Skyscraper trees. Moss and lichen hanging from every branch. And that fresh, wet, earthy smell.

It’s enough to knock the cobwebs from your brain during a time of year when, for many people, winter has overstayed its welcome but shows no signs of departing. 

What’s the best place to go?

One spot that captures all the rainforest magic, and injects oxygen-rich air into your cranium, is the Salmon River trails in Mount Hood National Forest about an hour west of Portland.

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