Group Hike – Low Intensity – Old Salmon River Trail

Unlikely Hikers creates safer, supportive outdoor community for people underrepresented in outdoors culture. We hike together as a group. No hiker left behind! Absolutely no diet or weight loss talk. Be mindful of gender pronouns, group dynamics, microaggressions, cultural appropriation and different physical ability levels.

SERIES: Low Intensity. This series has an even stronger emphasis on body- & fat-positivity. Slower pace, elevation gains under 500 feet and usually 3-4 miles. Open to Unlikely Hikers who specifically need trails like this. (find out what series is best suited to you here)

LOCATION: Welches, Oregon

TIME: 10am – DRIVE TIME: 1h20m

TRAIL STATS: 5.2 miles (but we’ll decide how long we want to go together!), 100 ft. elevation gain.

TERRAIN: a little bit muddy, some rocky and root-y parts. There are two very SMALL stream crossings (about 2 feet wide) with adequate rocks to step on. I’m clumsy AF and water crossings make me a little nervous, but I didn’t get even a toe wet.

Directions: from Portland, take highway 26 east to the town of Zig Zag. Turn right onto Salmon River Road and follow for 2.7 miles. A couple hundred yards after the old National Forest sign (I think it’s been removed, but you’ll see where it was), park at a pullout on the right.

PARKING: no pass needed

$1-$10 suggested sliding scale donation—no one turned away for lack of funds—to make these hikes more sustainable and regularly scheduled. Consider donating for someone who can’t! Cash accepted, though I won’t ask for money day-of. Thank you!

Venmo: @jenny-bruso
Patreon: (monthly, recurring)

It will be a long day with travel and hike time, so bring plenty of water and snacks. Check weather closer to the day and dress for it.

You can read some of my thoughts on group hiking here and get a good idea of what you’re in for:

For more hiking 101 and gear info and nerdery:


Unlikely Hikers offers three hiking series for different needs and levels of intensity. 1) General, 2) Low Intensity & 3) Nice & Slow. We want you to to have the most fun and supportive experience possible! Ask yourself, “how does my body like to hike?” If you are someone who can hike big miles and high elevation gains, please refrain from joining our Low Intensity and Nice & Slow hikes. Similarly, if you are a beginner or your body doesn’t know what 5+ miles or 500+ feet of elevation feels like, our “general” hikes might not be right for you. NO HIKE IS “ONE SIZE FITS ALL” and choosing the wrong trail could potentially harm you. Find out what group is best for you here:

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