Opal Creek Loop

July 10, 2005

On a rainy day seven hikers carpooled along I-5 to the Little North Fork of the Santiam River viewing awesome scenery on their way to Opal Creek Wilderness Area, a lush old-growth ancient rain forest with 1000 year old cedar trees. After displaying our Wilderness Passes we headed along the river trail to Opal Pool, the jewel of perfection, then across the 52 foot long sturdy wooden bridge to Jawbone Flats, an old mining town, where we had lunch. Jawbone is now used for ecology classes and rental cabins. We followed the gravel road along the other side of the river back to the cars. Happy hikers included Guy Strahon, Judy Terry, Carol Waddell, Pat Wood, Martha Welches (leader) and non-members Sheila Carter and Laurie Reed.

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