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Opal Creek and Jawbone Flats Loop Hike

This classic hike in the Opal Creek area features old-growth forest, multiple waterfalls, an amazing bridge or two, a dazzling pool, and a wilderness village in the historic mining town of Jawbone Flats in the Opal Creek Wilderness Area. At many points along the way we will pause to comment on interesting remnants of an old mining operation started in the 1930’s.  The hike is along the Little North Santiam River and several tributary creeks including Opal Creek.  Pre-register with leader at

Difficulty: Medium

Driving distance 90 miles RT.

Hiking distance 6.5 miles RT.

Elevation gain 500 feet.

Qualifying Activity: Yes

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Don Gallagher
503-371-7689 (p)
Registration is not available online - contact the event coordinator
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Hiking Trip Ratings:
EASY: Maximum 5 miles round trip, elevation gain less than 1000 feet
MEDIUM: 6-10 miles round trip, 1000-2000 feet elevation gain
HARD: Long, strenuous, and difficult