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Old mining town.

Hike in alongside the small river. Passing several places for family swimming. Educational and... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Jean H
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Salem, Oregon
Walk through the forest

This area is great for hiking. A nice easy trail that travels along the river and through the... read more

Reviewed May 2, 2018
Bill B
,
Salem, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed October 19, 2016

I have grown up going to Opal Creek on the weekends, but in the recent years the rowdy crowds from Three Pools have found their way into the tranquil wilderness that is Opal Creek. There are few places left that you can wander in the old growth forests, but this is one of them. Absolutely worth a visit and a hike up to Jawbone Flats, but please, pick up after yourself!

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank Jamison F
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Reviewed September 28, 2016

Opal Creek is one place you will bring your friends to. The trail is a leisurely stroll through a forest that still has logging equipment from long ago.
Opal creek is clear cold and refreshing. Take the time and walk to the other two pools.
Also go to Jawbone Flats, a depression area mining camp, still in existents.
Go during October, prepare for rain or very cool temperatures. Take the 7 mile hike you wont regret it.

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank Chuck C
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Reviewed September 12, 2016

Opal Creek Wilderness Area is located about an hour east of Salem, Oregon. This is an old growth, uncut forest that will mesmerize you. For a mere $5 forest service permit you can go back in time to what early settlers may have seen. Huge trees, clear water, an old sawmill and vehicles from years ago. A moderate 6 mile round trip hike. Wide trails great for tourists and locals. Family friendly, but young children will no doubt get tired. If you go in the summer you will want to get to the trailhead early or you will have to park on the roadside and hike about a mike just to get to the trail. Monday through Friday , no problem but the weekends are crowded even though you will not see many people on the trail. Bring snack food and plenty of water. Plan on at least 4 hours. A trip you will not ever regret and long remember. A camera is a must! Enjoy.

Date of experience: August 2016
3  Thank garygmiller
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