South Breitenbush Gorge

This trail meanders along the South Breitenbush River through old growth Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, and Western Red Cedar trees. There is a short hike off of the main trail to view the natural grove.

photo: (https://www.confettitravelcafe.com/). Photo by Photo by Nancy Zaffaro.

Length: 2.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Willamette National Forest - Detroit Rd., In Willamette National Forest, NE of Detroit on SR 22.
State(s): Oregon
Counties: Marion
Longitude: -121.92562
Latitude: 44.76538

Driving Directions

From Detroit, Oregon turn left onto Breitenbush Road (Highway 46), travel for 11.5 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road 4685, turn right on FS Road 4685. Access #1 is 1/2 mile up FS Road 4685. Access #2 is 2 miles up FS Road 4685 at Roaring Creek. The third access point is the South Breitenbush Trail trailhead - 2 miles past access #2.


The sight and sound of the South Breitenbush River along with older Douglas-fir and Western Hemlock forest settings accompany the hiker along this National Recreation Trail. This trail winds along the South Breitenbush River through Douglas-Fir, Western Hemlock Pacific Yew and Western Red Cedar forest. Trail has a few wind damaged timber stands, beautiful stream crossings and spectacular plant life.

A short scramble over wind blown logs will offer great views of the gorge but the hike from the trail can be treacherous. At the gorge river passes through a 300 foot long basalt narrows. Watch for difficult footing between the main trail and the Gorge viewpoint.

At Roaring Creek is the largest bridge of the trail, three other smaller bridges are located east of Roaring Creek.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 10%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 2,300
Elevation High Point: 2,800
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Abe Quihuis
Willamette National Forest
Detroit Ranger District
Mill City, OR 97360
(503) 854-3366
[email protected]



Trail sign to South Breitenbush Gorge (https://www.confettitravelcafe.com/). Photo by Nancy Zaffaro.

Trail sign to South Breitenbush Gorge (https://www.confettitravelcafe.com/). Photo by Nancy Zaffaro.

(https://www.confettitravelcafe.com/). Photo by Photo by Nancy Zaffaro.

(https://www.confettitravelcafe.com/). Photo by Photo by Nancy Zaffaro.


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