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Address: Mill City, OR

13,000-acre wilderness area that includes several hiking trails.

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Stunning Creek And Old Growth Forest

The emerald green water is something to see. The main hiking trail is an old road that goes up to Jawbone Flats. There is a more rustic trail on the other side of the creek... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2016
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

The emerald green water is something to see. The main hiking trail is an old road that goes up to Jawbone Flats. There is a more rustic trail on the other side of the creek. Several cascades & waterfalls along the way.

Thank photohiker
Fremont, California
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5,166 reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

We visited Willamette National Forest. The views of Mt. Washington were awesome. It was clear and sunny. We also went to the 3500 acre Detroit Lake and Santiam River Area. There are views of Mt. Jefferson from Detroit Lake. it is a popular lake for water activities and camping. We enjoyed our scenic visit to Willamette National Forest. The size... More 

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Somerville, Australia
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

Our host in Albany suggested this hike, as it is her favourite. We we very pleased with the suggestion, although the water looked a little too cool for a paddle. We walked from the trailhead to Opal Pool via the (closed) road to Jawbone Flats, looked around at Opal Pool and then continued to Cedar Flats. Made it to Beachie... More 

Thank Colin D
Eugene, Oregon, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

This entire area is awesome. Lots of waterfalls, beautiful swimming areas, etc. One of the best places in Oregon. Be prepared though, the water is very cold.

1 Thank Angela S
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful hike it was. Walking trough the old abandoned mining area with the mining equipment. The beautiful water falls with aqua color pools. The shaded hike a good place to walk when is hat day. The water Is nice and cold.

Thank Tigest C
Saint Helens, Oregon
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34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Great weekend in shoulder season, sunny and 80, the river is massive, lots of paved paths, trails to explore, super clean but rustic natural setting, now available on reserve America, cabins 40 dollars a nice sleeps 6 ish, bunk beds, double bed and a queen futon, (no pets allowed in cabin) but super cool place

Thank ginblossom69
Salem, Oregon
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24 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 July 2015

For directions to Opal Creek / Jawbone Flats trail head turn north from Highway 22 jet pass Mill City, Oregon and continue following North Fork Road. You will pass Three Pools swimming hole on the North Satiam River. A short while after the pavement ends you will come to a gate. This is Opal Creek trailhead. Hike a few miles... More 

2 Thank Dustymouse
Springfield, Oregon
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Reviewed 26 June 2015

Joe Peak trail head is located about 30 miles from Springfield, Oregon. The trailhead is home to a very nice dispersed campsite. I arrived with my RV on a Tuesday and left early Thursday morning. I saw only two cars go by during that time frame. I met no one on the trail up or down. I make a point... More 

3 Thank Shirley G
Rockledge, Florida
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Reviewed 29 May 2015

By far one of the highlights of our time in Oregon. We've seen the gorge, the Coast, and now in the interior. The hiking around this area is spectacular. The last 6 miles of the road to the trail head are not maintained, so take it slow. The hike was fabulous event! It was a bit over seven miles round... More 

2 Thank Ron T
Philomath, Oregon
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Reviewed 22 May 2015

Hiking the opal creek trail is amazing. There is a small fee for parking at the trailhead but this is like any other forest area. Walking past an old mining town as if it was frozen in time. Old mining parts and hidden falls all along the way. There is always something new to look at throughout the whole hike.... More 

4 Thank Laura T

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