Opal Creek

Mehama, Oregon

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Experiencing this route on snowshoes is wonderful for two reasons: you will see a dramatic ancient forest under snow, and any winter when snow falls in these low elevations is a winter in which you will be doing a lot of good shoeing. Opal Creek has been Ground Zero in Oregon’s old-growth forest wars, in particular because it has inspired so many to rally to the cause of native forest conservation. A day spent in these woods will help you understand what all the fuss is about, and may inspire you to join in the fray. Some of the trees in the drainage soar as high as 250 feet into the sky and are as old as 1,000 years.
Snowshoe Routes: Oregon

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Snowshoe Routes: Oregon

by Shea Andersen (The Mountaineers Books)

Experiencing this route on snowshoes is wonderful for two reasons: you will see a dramatic ancient forest under snow, and any winter when snow falls in these low elevations is a winter in which you will be doing a lot of good shoeing.

Opal Creek has been Ground Zero in Oregon’s old-growth forest wars, in particular because it has inspired so many to rally to the cause of native forest conservation. A day spent in these woods will help you understand what all the fuss is about, and may inspire you to join in the fray. Some of the trees in the drainage soar as high as 250 feet into the sky and are as old as 1,000 years.

©  Shea Andersen/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Mehama
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: December and January
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 2,400 feet
Local Contacts: Willamette National Forest, Detroit Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails 524, Battle Ax; USFS Willamette National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Opal Creek

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May 2018