Molly Johnson | 06/03/2019 | Trails

Wildwood Recreation Area

Distance: 2.5mi / 4km of trails
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 100ft / 30m

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. The unexpected underwater fish viewing chamber, along the 3/4 mile Cascade Streamwatch Trail, is a big hit, along with the beautiful views of the Salmon River.

You can do more than look at the fish and river while there, but actually fish and relax in the clear water. Visit during the Fall when the salmon spawn in the, you guessed it, Salmon River. 

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

Exploring aquatic life


Interpretive signs


Shaded hikes

Helpful Tips:

PLAN AHEAD - Hike early or on weekdays, don't hike alone, let someone know your plans, check the weather

PREPARE - Pack appropriately: sunscreen, light source, first aid kit, plenty of water, snacks/lunch and sunglasses

DRESS RIGHT - Bring lots of layers for the ever-changing Oregon weather, shoes with good tread (hiking boots), hat, rain gear (it is the PNW after all)

PACK IN/PACK OUT -  Dispose of waste properly, pack an extra bag for any waste and remember poop bags for your dogs

RESPECT - Plants and wildlife, stay on trail and let plants grow. Respect seasonal closures and give trails time to regrow 

"take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time" ― Aliyyah Eniath, The Yard

Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. She is currently generating content for and for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest channels. 

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