Salmon Creek dam is continuously monitored by Alaska Electric Light & Power.
The trail begins as a gentle-sloping gravel road which rolls along for about two miles through an emerald mountain valley. Off to the side, Salmon Creek tumbles its way toward the sea.
Just short of AEL&P’s old upper powerhouse, a signpost directs hikers off the road and onto a more traditional Southeast trail. For about a half mile your path will roughly parallel the penstock, catching a glimpse here and there of the huge water conduit. Keep looking up, however, as the face of the dam will peak through the trees as you near its base. The contrast between hemlock green, man-made gray and azure blue is striking. Close to the base, the trail takes a left turn and begins a short, yet steep ascent to the top. The view of the large reservoir, surrounded by towering mountains, is the hiker’s reward.
The Salmon Creek Hydroelectric Project is owned and operated by AEL&P. For the printable PDF brochure click the link below or pick one up at our Lemon Creek office.