Marveling at Massive Old-Growth Douglas Fir in Salmon River, Oregon
Less than an hour east of Portland in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness stands one of Oregon’s most accessible remnants of the towering old growth, which once blanketed the Pacific Northwest. Hike along the rushing Salmon River, a National Wild and Scenic River, as icy water from Mount Hood’s Palmer Glacier tumbles down to the mighty Columbia River. Immense Douglas fir, hemlock, alder, and cedar dwarf hikers as they meander on easy riverside trails flanked by ferns and vine maple. Rest a while in the shimmering filtered sunlight, leaning against a mossy log and gazing at the soaring canopy hundreds of feet above. Douglas firs, second only to the coast redwood, can reach heights of nearly 400 feet.