North Santiam Canyon

Detroit, Oregon

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A ninety-mile drive on paved roads starting near sea level in Salem and rising to 4,500 feet at Hoodoo Ski Bowl. Starting in southeast Salem, the drive climbs gradually from an elevation of 154 feet to 4,500 feet at Hoodoo Ski Bowl. The first fifteen miles are straight and flat as the route crosses eastern Willamette Valley farmlands and clumps of trees underlaid by basalts. On the section to Detroit Lake State Park, tree-lined corridors alternate with canyon bluffs, the riffling North Santiam River, Big Chief and Detroit Lake reservoirs. The remaining forty miles are virtually a continuous corridor of Douglas fir, with occasional views of surrounding snow-capped peaks. Week-day traffic is usually moderate, but includes large trucks. Since ninety percent of the recreational users come from the surrounding area, traffic is heavy on weekends and holidays. Special attractions: Detroit Lake, Willamette National Forest, fishing, hiking, hot springs, alpine, and cross-country skiing.

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"A ninety-mile drive on paved roads starting near sea level in Salem and rising to 4,500 feet at Hoodoo Ski Bowl. Starting in southeast Salem, the drive climbs gradually from an elevation of 154 feet to 4,500 feet at Hoodoo Ski Bowl. The first fifteen miles are straight and flat as the route crosses eastern Willamette Valley farmlands and clumps of trees underlaid by basalts. On the section to Detroit Lake State Park, tree-lined corridors alternate with canyon bluffs, the riffling North Santiam River, Big Chief and Detroit Lake reservoirs.

The remaining forty miles are virtually a continuous corridor of Douglas fir, with occasional views of surrounding snow-capped peaks. Week-day traffic is usually moderate, but includes large trucks. Since ninety percent of the recreational users come from the surrounding area, traffic is heavy on weekends and holidays. Special attractions: Detroit Lake, Willamette National Forest, fishing, hiking, hot springs, alpine, and cross-country skiing."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Detroit
Distance: 90
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Willamette National Forest, Detroit Ranger Station
Driving Directions: Directions to North Santiam Canyon

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May 2018