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I would like to go but I do not see any roads to get there. How is this accessed?

backpacking
8 days ago

Amazing Overnight stay.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail! I took my dog with me and she loved it! The best part was the part leading up to the creek. Its so beautiful out there! I will definitely be returning.

This hike is great! Amazing views:) including the cave, the round trip was 6 miles.

Shellburg Falls has barely any water as of 9/8/18. You start out walking at least a mile or so on a gravel road that wasn’t impressive at all but you pass cows. But the area is still pretty and it was nice to walk behind the fall. Went on to find Stassel falls which isn’t marked at all and we found it by just following a kind of overgrown trail. It’s a pretty waterfall as well but you can’t see it like I thought. Overall an easy trail with decent falls. Probably better in winter/spring.

Did a backpacking assessment test this Saturday. Was a great hike to the top. Got an early start and no one else on the way up. still a few clouds on top, was clearing up. Had to head back down, and met (5) other hikers headed up. Did pretty good with a pack on for the conditioning assessment...was a blast and glad to see my vehicle when I got back down. A real nice workout for an old goat.

Beautiful view, amazing sunset from the peak if you camp. Cave adds a nice side adventure and interesting walk through the burn.

This is an excellent hike with so many beautiful views. Make sure you fill out the paper in the little box at the trail head (northwest forest pass) and keeping your copy on you as you hike...we got stopped on the trail by someone with the forestry service that asked for it. You can be fined if you don’t. The hike was very dusty but so many different terrains and great views I didn’t care. I did bring extra water which was helpful. The cave was not super hard to find, you have to go downhill through the burnt forest and around to the left. Pretty much follow the foot prints. Also this app is amazing and if you open the map somewhere you have phone signal and leave it open you can use it even if you don’t have signal. It will show you as a blue dot and you can “follow the red line” to your destination. I’m surprised how many people use this app and don’t know that. So many photo opportunities it is a great hike. You will get your heart rate up a bit in some parts of this.

hiking
18 days ago

this was such a fun trail dispite the fact that the opal pools were not quite as impressive as I was lead to believe. still very pretty. nice easy trail. the kids gave up about mile 4 though so unless you got some energetic kids with some hiking enthusiasm I wouldn't recommend it. jawbone flats is pretty cool I had no idea that was there. the path is mostly gravel road except for 1.3 miles that is good trail type trail. lots and lots of huckleberries this time of year.

Pick the whole thing or a section. It’s all great. Evenings are my favorite

I loved this trip! Made it this weekend with my dog. People at the trailhead seem worried about finding the cave, but don’t fret! Is pretty easy to find, especially with other people there. First you should go up to the peak. Right before you get there, you’ll see a campsite to the left. That’s where the cave trail is. Keep going straight to the peak.

After that, head back to the Boca trail and follow that. There’s a patch of now burned forest going downhill. Go downhill. Some people tried to go straight and up, but that’s wrong. Follow the footprints down and to the left, you’ll encounter some jagged rocks, and the trail pretty much shows you the way from there.

Really beautiful up there yesterday! I’d go early because it can get a little busy and there isn’t a lot of room to pass hikers going the other way. Finding the cave can be a little tricky, but we had luck following the footprints in the dirt.

Awesome hike with beautiful views! It was clear today and you could see several other mountains in addition to Mt. Jefferson. The cave trail is close to the summit - easier to find on the way down. It’s not far, and there is a trail that veers off to the right coming from summit. A large rock in the middle of that trail marks ‘cave’ with an arrow. The cave itself is down through the burned area (but there’s a trail) and is kind of a scramble. Recommend taking poles for this part. There’s a rock formation at the top of the burned area and the cave is down below the opposite side of that formation. So worth the scramble!! It’s beautiful.

hiking
23 days ago

This hike is not worth it unless you go to the bottom of the falls and the "trail" to get down there is sketchy, but the waterfall is beautiful. The view of the waterfall at the end of the regular trail is not really a good one.

Beautiful hike, beautiful view!! Sad to see how much has been devastated from fires but AWESOME to see how much rebuilding is happening and the incredible work of NPS & volunteers. P.s- I could not find the cave even though some folks told me it was “so obvious.” Oh well, amazing nonetheless!

Found a hidden gem along this trail. Almost died. It was epic.

hiking
26 days ago

Morning hike to started day off, Smokey and overcast. Trail is easy and a enjoyable hike for all ages. I will hike this trail again!

Beautiful opal waters

Beautiful day. The trail is a bit overgrown in spots.

Just a heads up. There have been vehicle break-ins at the trail head lately. DO NOT leave anything of value in your car.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike ! Wish somebody would have said it was 6 miles of driving on gravel road because we popped a tire on the way down ... oof ... but other than that it was a really cool hike ! The natural water slide at the end was so cool. Maybe if they could put up more signs pointing to where to go to that would be helpful because we got a little confused.

Great hike! 7.4 miles round trip. Many viewpoints along the way. This trail is not recommended for small children or small pets...it is way too steep for them in my opinion. Views at the summit were subdued due to smoke from British Columbia. You could still make our Mt. Jefferson in the distance. Recommend for those not faint of heart or with those healthy enough for a 3.7 mile UPHILL walk.

Lovely waterfall - must walk down at trails end to be at the bottom of the falls. Beautiful

We had a stroller and a dog! Perfect for the pup, but a little hard on the stroller but we made it all the way around thanks to the hubby! Was perfect

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! Steep, but so worth the burning in your legs!

1 month ago

So did this hike with co-workers. The app says it's an easy hike. it is not! More like moderate is how I would describe it. Over a gravel road and up and down spots. But that being said it is beautiful!!! All the little trails you can go off to see the waterfalls and the most beautiful pools of water ever!! Jawbone Flats is so cool!!! Here's the moderate part of the hike.... the 1.3 mls from Jawbone is a very narrow rocky and better watch out for the tree roots trail. But I am telling you the end results is totally worth it!! I would do it again!!!

great trail for families to go together. young children not so much, junior high and up. some pretty steep places. the stars were incredibly bright. was not many campers at Santiam lake. quiet.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great backpacking spot

lots of interconnecting tails can make this a good day hike. I'm fond of the cows on the way in.

on Opal Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Was great for swimming and hiking, I did it with 3 kids 14, 8, 6, water was beautiful and clear. Got there early and the parking lot was half full after we got back it was jam packed. Overall it was a really great hike.

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