If you want to see something spectacular, join us for a hike in the Opal Creek Wilderness thru one of the most beautiful old growth forest areas to be found anywhere on the planet.
The trail to Jawbone Flats and the Opal Creek Pools runs alongside the Little North Santiam River. It follows an old road that is still used to transport items for those that are staying overnight at the privately run facilities. We’ll start on the road and then cross over and follow the trail on the south side of the river up to Jaw Bone flats and Opal Pool. On the way we'll pass through endless groves of majestic Douglas Firs, Pacific Silver Firs and Western Hemlocks, many of which are 500 to 750 years old ! Vegetation in the area includes Huckleberry, Vine Maple and Pacific Rhododendron. Wildlife includes: black bear (don't worry we stopped feeding them hikers years ago) elk, deer and coyote. Spotted owl, dipper and Woodpecker are some of the wild fowl we might see. After a vist to Opal Pool we'll finish the loop by taking the road back to the TH.
Mileage: 7 mi. loop
Elevation: 300 feet gain
Pace: 1.5-2 mph (approx. 3-4 hours total)
Beginners: Great for beginner as well as all other experience levels.
Dogs: Not this time - sorry.
Weather: Will advise as known
PERMITS: ** NW Forest Pass Required
Leave Gateway: 8:15am
Arrive. TH: 10:00am
Leave TH: 2:30pm
Back at Gateway: Approx. 4:30pm
I5S to Exit 253 Go East on OR 22 . 10 miles past Stayton Exit make left onto North Fork Road which becomes FR2209 at the forest boundary. End at TH.
Driving $$: Round-trip mileage is approximately 205 miles from Gateway. We suggest a mileage contribution of 10 cents/mile/person, or $20. Exact change makes it easier.
** MUST BRING FOLLOWING ! !
(includes compass, whistle, water filtration, extra food, extra clothing, something to start fire, first aid kit, sunglasses/sunscreen)
Waterproof boots (sturdy, leather boots are suggested)
Rain jacket and pants
gloves, hat, extra pair of socks
warm layers (NO COTTON ! )
lunch and snacks
2 liters of water
Gas Money for the drivers
(Suggested if you have them)
Map of the area
Insulated sit-pad or waterproof plastic bag with extra clothes in it (to take breaks)
******** IMPORTANT ********
CARPOOLING: ALL attendees SHOULD come prepared to drive themselves to the destination and be prepared to meet, ODOT requirements. Not sure if you’re in compliance? See link to ODOT http://www.oregon.gov...
RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK; WE do not deem a driver or vehicle safe.
PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail but assume no liability for your safety getting to the trailhead or on the trail.
Pls. NOTE: A lot of people wind up on the waitlist. If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please be considerate & update your RSVP as soon as you know.
Waiting List Notice: The waiting list for this hike is manual. If a spot opens up, everyone on the list receives an email. The first to respond gets the spot. If you don't have a spot, we thank you for your interest and we hope to see you on a future event.