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Opal Creek Hike
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Map of the Opal Creek Recreation Area Hike

Length: 7 mi RT
Elevation Change: 300' gain
Season: Late Spring thru Late Fall
Difficulty:    Moderate
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required


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The hike to Jawbone Flats and the Opal Creek Pools is a fun and enjoyable hike along the Little North Santiam River.

There are facilities at Jawbone Flats that can be used to stay overnight if you make the appropriate reservations.

The trail to Jawbone Flats follows an old road that is still used to transport items for those that are staying overnight at the privately run facilities.

It is about 3 miles of easy road walking to Jawbone Flats, then a short 1/4 mile to the wonderful Opal Creek Pools.

You can return part of the way by using the trail on the south side of the river.

Opal Creek
How to get there:

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Travel east of Salem approximately 22 miles to the community of Mehama. Turn left onto North Fork Road, and follow it for about 15.3 miles where it becomes Forest Road 2209. Continue on FR 2209 for a little over mile where it forks with FR 2207. Bear left to stay on Forest Road 2209, and follow it another 4 miles to the trailhead. This road is gated at the trailhead, but useable by those who have reservations at Jawbone Flats.

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