06/06/2022 (Updated: 07/27/2023) | Trails, Villages of Mt. Hood

Wildwood Recreation Area

Wildwood Recreation Site is located along a bend of the Wild & Scenic Salmon River and encompasses 550 acres filled with old-growth Douglas fir, western red cedar and western hemlock. You can actually witness the ecosystems of the natural stream and wetland along the accessible interpretive trails and boardwalks. What really makes an impression is the underwater fish viewing chamber, along the 3/4 mile Cascade Streamwatch Trail. This paved loop features quality educational displays, picturesque views of the Salmon River and the fish viewing window below stream level. Visit during the fall when the salmon return to spawn.

The Wetlands Trail is an accessible, 3/4-mile loop trail leading to the challenging Boulder Ridge Trail, which is a 4.7-mile hike up the steep slopes of Huckleberry Mountain into the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. 

The area isn't limited to just hiking either, visitors can enjoy swimming and fishing in the Salmon River. 

Additionally, if you value history you'll want to stop at the Barlow Road Historical Marker to walk near remnants of the actual Oregon Trail. 

Explore this if you like:

  • River views
  • Viewing aquatic life
  • Boardwalks
  • Interpretive signs
  • Picnics
  • Shaded hikes
Getting There

ADDRESS: 65670 US-26, Welches, OR 97067. Wildwood Recreation Site is located 39 miles east of Portland on Highway 26 near Welches, Oregon. View location on Google Maps.

FEES: Park passes are available for purchase online for printing at home, or onsite at the automated fee machine located next to the park’s entrance station. Credit cards only; no cash or checks. 

Mt. Hood Territory Trails Guide

Want even more hiking trail ideas in each region? Check out the Mt. Hood Territory Trails Guide. This downloadable pdf is filled with 12 lesser known trails that range from family-friendly nature walks in city parks to longer, more difficult hikes in Mt. Hood National Forest for those seeking a challenge.

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