Myself and a group of friends did an overnight trip doing the loop counter clockwise. For those who continue, the trail continues to climb well away from the river, passing the Kinzel Lake Trail #665 on your left and dropping and climbing out of side drainages. However, the lake was a lot smaller than I anticipated and was more like a big swamp to me. VERY heavy traffic with lots of people and dogs, so don’t expect to be on your own. Large cats seem to patrol these parts which is a bit unnerving. The police are aware of the issue, so hopefully this issue improves soon but I will not be taking the gamble again. Hood NF, Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, OR. Great run on Thanksgiving day. Salmon Trail via Kinzel is a 14.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Welches, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The main trailhead parking area is not safe to keep your car overnight. I saw tracks on the trail in 2 places on the north east side . DIFFICULT 11.0 mi. Expect to see mixed hardwoods, beautiful views of the Salmon River, and an enormous glacial erratic. It was nice to hike next to the river, cross mini bridges and was able to keep cool by all the shade the trees provided. Middle Salmon River Trail #742 with connections to Kinzel Lake Trail Trail #665, Linney Creek Trail #499. Day 1- Start: Kinzel Lake Campground, End: Salmon River TH. Great trail. From here to the trail descends pretty steeply a few miles down to the junction with the Salmon River Trail. next day continued on to finish the "green canyon way" loop which also was viewless and sucked except the lookout shelter. Trail in Mt. I packed very light and was able to walk/jog to to the lake in 3.5hrs with little stopping. We’ve been on this trail a few times, but never all the way out to the Goat Creek Camp viewpoint. Hunchback trail could use some maintenance; blow downs. After a few surprisingly steep, short sections, we made it to the junction with the Kinzel Lake Trail. Best to stay alert! issam1963 3 months ago . Overall, nice hike. Run/hike this steep singletrack 3.25 miles up to the Hunchback Ridge Trail, and checkout the view of Mount Hood from the Devil’s Peak lookout. I hated switchbacks on climbs... Until I hit this trail that doesn't have any!!! Hunchback trail past Devil's Peak had tons of fallen trees that you have to climb over, which was both fun and exhausting. Hiked on Aug 29: easy road access to TH. Use our easy Lodging Search to find exactly the type of accommodation you are looking for at the right price. but quiet and peaceful. If you're looking to stay at Kinzel Lake, the trail leading to the lake campground is hard to find, there are no signs for it at all. The hike is strenuous! As stated earlier, lots of downed trees. don't go alone or with kids unless you are armed . unless u just want to see how long you can walk up steep switch backs packing ur heavy bag I wouldn't recommend this loop. 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