Whetstone Trail 546

Opal Creek Wilderness Area, Oregon

Elevation Gain1,643ft
Trailhead Elevation4,562ft
Elevation Min/Max3999/4695ft
Elevation Start/End4562/4562ft

Whetstone Trail 546

Whetstone Trail #546 is a hiking trail in Marion County, Oregon. It is within Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area and Opal Creek Wilderness Area. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 4,562 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,643 feet. This trail connects with the following: Bagby Trail #544 and Whetstone Mountain Trail #3369.

Whetstone Trail #546 Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Bull of the Woods Wilderness protects a precious remnant of what the western Cascades used to look like. While the surrounding terrain is scarred by logging roads and an epidemic of clearcuts, the densely forested canyons, small lakes, clear streams, and scenic ridges of this preserve take the visitor back to a time before rampant commercialism radically altered the landscape.

Only a couple of lakes are crowded, leaving the rest of this fairly large wilderness a haven for hikers searching for solitude. This route gives you the option of a day hike along an exceptionally scenic ridge in the western part of the wilderness or an overnight trip to a pair of small, attractive lakes near the heart of the preserve."

"Whetstone Mountain got its name in pioneer days because of a prevalence in the area of a rock that was useful for sharpening knives. The peak hosted a fire lookout tower for many years, but both it and the useful rock appear to be long gone. What’s left, though, is an easy-to-reach viewpoint that rivals anything in the area. You can actually see your destination from the extensive trailhead, which sits in the middle of a lovely clear-cut.

Whetstone is the forested ridge right in front of you, and a little to the left in the distance you can see flat-topped Battle Ax Mountain (see next hike). Your route to Whetstone is to head toward it, swing left, gain that ridge you see, and then ascend the other side to the tiny, rocky summit."

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Trail Information

Opal Creek Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Clackamas River Ranger District, 503630-6861, www.fs.usda.gov/mthood
Local Contacts
Green Trails Map 524 (Battle Ax), USFS Bull of the Woods Wilderness.
Local Maps