9 miles round trip
900 feet elevation gain
Open all year
Use: hikers, bicycles
Left: Three Pools on the Little North Santiam
The Little North Santiam has long been known for its swimmable green pools, so tempting on hot summer days. This trail, built by Salem volunteers along a less well-known portion of the scenic river’s bank, reveals that the river has other charms as well: hidden waterfalls, spring trilliums, and mossy, old-growth forests lit with autumn-reddened vine maple. To shorten this trip to 4.5 miles, bring a second car as a shuttle and hike the trail one-way.
To find the lower trailhead, drive east from Salem on...