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Opal Creek Trail is a moderate to difficult 3 mile hike at an elevation of 1,900 feet. This trail travels through old-growth forest with western hemlock, Douglas fir and second growth. There are numerous falls and pools that are deep and translucent. The clear water of Opal pool is a highlight.

Directions: From Salem: Travel south on I-5 south and take Exit 253 for Highway 22, Detroit Lake and Bend. After making the exit turn left onto Highway 22. Drive 22.3 miles and turn left onto North Fork Road for the Elkhorn Recreation Area. Go 15.4 miles and keep left at a junction where the road changes from pavement to gravel and becomes FR 2209. Here you enter the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area. After 1.3 miles, keep left at the junction with FR 2207. Drive another 4.3 miles to the large trailhead parking area.

Seasonal Access: Normally Open: Year-round

Facility Type: Trail

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