Little North Santiam

April 28, 2009

Waterfalls, a rushing river containing deep green pools plus an interesting rock column, heavy forest canopy, flower displays-trillium, fawn lilies and calypso orchids and a steady, light, rain were all present on this moderate hike. Henline Falls is an especially attractive waterfall spilling into the river off of Henline Mountain across the river from the trail.

This outing marked my annual Spring Obsidian trek into the North Santiam River drainage. Further upriver the better known, but no more beautiful Opal Creek, empties into the North Santiam. The trail follows the North Santiam, sometimes just above the River and other times out of sight. Nearly all of the elevation gain occurs in crossing a ridge which bisects the trail. Otherwise, the trail is largely flat, winding through a beautiful Douglas Fir/Hemlock forest with lots of ferns and moss in abundance. The trail is in excellent condition with footbridges across all but one of the feeder streams.

Our “rain slickered” group of five included two Obsidians, Jan Jacobsen and Lamonte Smith (making return trips) and first timers Lisa Corbett and Debbie Kreuzpeintner and myself had a wonderful day together! Dan Christensen, leader.

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