Bull of the Woods Loop Backpacking

Salem, Oregon

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Backpackers who want a taste of what the Old Cascades used to be like will enjoy this loop through the Opal Creek and Bull of the Woods wilderness areas. The massive trees along Opal Creek drew national attention for many years as conservationists and timber interests debated their future. The battle was eventually decided when Congress officially designated Opal Creek as a wilderness and scenic area in 1996. In addition to cathedral forests, this loop hike features an excellent sampling of the Old Cascades’ other charms, including lots of blooming rhododendrons, view-packed ridges, small but scenic mountain lakes, cascading streams, and surprisingly uncrowded trails.
Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow

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Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

Backpackers who want a taste of what the Old Cascades used to be like will enjoy this loop through the Opal Creek and Bull of the Woods wilderness areas. The massive trees along Opal Creek drew national attention for many years as conservationists and timber interests debated their future.

The battle was eventually decided when Congress officially designated Opal Creek as a wilderness and scenic area in 1996. In addition to cathedral forests, this loop hike features an excellent sampling of the Old Cascades’ other charms, including lots of blooming rhododendrons, view-packed ridges, small but scenic mountain lakes, cascading streams, and surprisingly uncrowded trails.

© 2007 Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Salem
Length: 41
Elevation Gain: 7,300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4-5 days
Season: Usually open mid-June to November; best late June to July
Local Contacts: Estacada Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails - Battle Ax (#524)
Topo Map: Bull of the Woods Loop (Backpacking) Topographic Map
Guide Book: Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/2007

Great scenery, long stretches without water however. Do NOT believe the book about Silver King mountain trail...it is deserted, unmaintained, and downright scary. The "campground" is a flat area near a lake with no actual lake access unless you have a machete. Plenty of cougar feces there too. But over all, the lBull of the Woodsoop was fantastic. Old forest, mining ruins, scenery.

7/27/2006

Looking for a nice moderate, overnight hike? Take the Opal creek trail off of the Bull of the woods loop, heading towards Beachie Creek about 6 mi. you will find Cedar Flats. Ancient old growth cedars tower above a small grove of trees almost at the confluence of Beachie creek and opal creek. If the site is already occupied, there are 4-5 little places to camp along the way leading up to Cedar Flats. This is a perfect quick overnighter because it is only 12 miles round trip. It was nice to get away from the city lights for a night, as the stars lit the canopy of this beautiful old growth forests...some of the biggest trees I have seen in Oregon. We got to camp late around 6pm so If you leave earlier you will probably get a spot at cedar flats, a far more superior campsite than most of the smaller ones along the way.

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