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Hike thru the “Enchanted Forest” to Opal Pool ~ Jawbone Flats => RESCHEDULED

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)
Difficulty: Moderate

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:
Back at Gateway: Approx.





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.




10 Essentials:

(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)

Trekking Poles


******** 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


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.

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  • Daniela

    It was amazing! I had a fantastic time and can't wait for more adventures once I get back from Italy. The forest was incredible... thanks Bill!

    May 31, 2011

  • Cindy L.

    Great Hike!!!

    May 23, 2011

  • Cindy L.

    Great hike!! Opal Creek was so beautiful and the hike through the old forest and mining area was very cool. A great group to hike with - fun to meet everyone and looking forward to meeting up again to hit the trails this summer. Thank you to Bill for leading this hike and all the extra information you gave us throughtout the hike ~ you were alot of fun and remembering 'the whistle' blowing will always make me smile ;)

    May 23, 2011

  • 'Chelle P.

    Everything it was promised to be! Beautiful location, gentle hike with great people. And a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable guide.

    May 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    When the pics are will say it all...beautiful, colorful, crystal clear water. I love all the shades of green in the forest walk. Thanks Bill for taking good care of the group and for your information.

    May 22, 2011

  • Eric

    Had a great time, Bill! Thank you very much for leading a great trip.

    May 22, 2011

  • Eric

    Thanks Bill for leading this great hike! I had a great time and met cool folks. Thanks to everyone who was there for making my first meetup event very enjoyable! I hope to join you all for future adventures.


    May 22, 2011

  • Bill K.

    Purrrrfect day for this beautiful hike. Really enjoyable and engaging group.

    May 22, 2011

  • Michael B.

    No, no. It was rescheduled from last week. We are on for tmrw!

    May 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    So is this hike on or is it rescheduled, if so, for when?

    May 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am also in favor of rescheduling

    May 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just saw the Sunday forecast and I agree, lets change the date and pray for Sun!

    May 6, 2011

  • Michael B.

    I vote to resched. I have had enough rain already! :P

    May 6, 2011

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