A 7.1-mile loop extends upriver to Opal Pool and Jawbone Flats, a Depression-era mining camp. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here. The pass costs $5 per day or $30 per season.
Directions: From Interstate 5 exit 253 in Salem, drive on East Santiam Highway 22 for 23 miles to Mehama's second flashing yellow light. Opposite the Swiss Village Restaurant, turn left on Little North Fork Road for 15 paved miles and an additional 1.3 miles of gravel. At a fork, veer left on Road 2209. Then drive 4.2 miles to the locked gate. Residents of Jawbone Flats are allowed to drive the dirt road ahead; others must park and walk in.
Leashed dogs are ok.
According to Google, OpalCreek trailhead is located 42 miles and an hour from Salem. Please bring some cash to pay drivers for gas.