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.
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."
--Douglas Lorain, 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"It’s a long, tedious drive. And it isn’t much of a hike if you’re looking for a ton of exercise. But my goodness, what a view you get from Whetstone Mountain! And for what it’s worth, you can do an up-close comparison of a clearcut and old-growth forest. This hike is also a gateway into both Opal Creek Wilderness and Bull of the Woods Wilderness."
--Paul Gerald, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press).
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