Portland: Salmon Butte Summit Trail

This 8.4-mile, out-and-back climbs steady through giant Douglas fir stands and rhododendron fields to a treeless summit yielding drop-dead gorgeous views of five distinct volcanic peaks.
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This 8.4-mile, out-and-back climbs steady through giant Douglas fir stands and rhododendron fields to a treeless summit yielding drop-dead gorgeous views of five distinct volcanic peaks.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.8

Waypoints

SBT001

Location: 45.2612724, -121.9385147

Salmon Butte trailhead; head S into lush forest

SBT002

Location: 45.2525368, -121.9372101

Old growth firs tower above trail

SBT003

Location: 45.2482834, -121.9385834

Viewpoint: The treeless dome of Salmon Butte rises above Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness

SBT004

Location: 45.2424088, -121.9334183

Path horseshoes around a massive ravine filled with huge Douglas firs; several switchbacks ahead

SBT005

Location: 45.2393684, -121.9328308

Tall rhododendrons frame rocky point overlooking the Salmon River Valley

SBT006

Location: 45.2382164, -121.9326172

Rest spot: Only flat stretch along this steady ridge climb

SBT007

Location: 45.2349014, -121.9301147

Turn R onto fire road; wildflowers paint the trail edge in purple and red

SBT008

Location: 45.2302895, -121.9310074

Stay S on well-marked path

SBT009

Location: 45.2272415, -121.9333572

Sharp climb; snowfield likely even in mid-summer

SBT010

Location: 45.2280197, -121.9345093

Salmon Butte (4,877 ft.): Giant razor-sharp volcanic peaks--Mts. Jefferson, Adams, Hood, and Rainier--form a striking horizon over a sea of green wilderness