Opal Creek

Salem, Oregon

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This short ride runs through stands of immense Douglas-fir before reaching the little mining community at Jawbone Flats. The Opal Creek Education Center has taken over the cluster of buildings at Jawbone Flats and is maintaining most of the weathered homes, bunkhouses, and shops of the Shiny Rock Mining Company. Opal Creek gained national attention during the struggle to preserve local old-growth forests. Forty miles east of Salem. Tread: gravel roads, closed to motorized vehicles. Hazards: The bridge decks may be slippery. Watch for people and pets on the road.
Mountain Biking Oregon

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Mountain Biking Oregon

by Mark Wigg (Falcon Guides)

This short ride runs through stands of immense Douglas-fir before reaching the little mining community at Jawbone Flats. The Opal Creek Education Center has taken over the cluster of buildings at Jawbone Flats and is maintaining most of the weathered homes, bunkhouses, and shops of the Shiny Rock Mining Company.

Opal Creek gained national attention during the struggle to preserve local old-growth forests. Forty miles east of Salem. Tread: gravel roads, closed to motorized vehicles. Hazards: The bridge decks may be slippery. Watch for people and pets on the road.

©  Mark Wigg/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Salem
Distance: 7.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hours
Season: Almost all year.
Local Contacts: Willamette National Forest, Detroit Ranger District 541-465-6521
Local Maps: Willamette National Forest Recreation map provides adequate coverage. Detroit Ranger District map provides more information about roads and trails in the area. USGS: Battle Ax
Driving Directions: Directions to Opal Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

7/19/2006
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Not an amazing bike ride or anything, but the numerous little waterfalls make for some great swimming holes on a hot day of riding. VERY cold water, tho!



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May 2018