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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 25, 2020
HikingClosed

It was a nice, easy-going hike that wasn't obnoxiously busy on a weekend (August 16). It's currently closed due to fire, if that wasn't already obvious.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 19, 2020
HikingBugs

Arrived early (8:00am) on Saturday 8/15/20. Parking was easy at this time. Road to trailhead is passable in summer with any vehicle. Potholes and gravel/dusty. Dirt road (~2miles) with slight incline up to footbridge off to the right to take you into Opal Creek Wilderness. Jawbone Flat is marked as closed except to those staying there to the footbridge is only option. Some sections of roots on trail to natural waterslide. Several spots and trails off the main trail to creek for beautiful views and/or swimming. Water is chilly Number of hikers was a lot coming in as we hiked out. Parking was packed as we got back to our truck. Cars parked along side of the road for at least 1/2 mile from trailhead so if you go on weekend, get there early.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 15, 2020
HikingOff trailRocky

A wonderful hike! No signs posted to the most popular destinations so you have to know where you’re going. The trail keeps going past the last huge bridge and you can follow it up, keep going past the waterfall on the trail. You have to climb up, but the trail keeps going. We never actually went to opal pool (literally couldn’t find it, nobody on the trail had a clear answer on which one was actually opal pool), but we did see cascade de Los ninos which is off the trail to the right near the old mining equipment.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 11, 2020
Scenic drivingBugsFeeOff trailRocky

Getting there was a little scary on the dirt/rocky road in a crossover suv but it is possible. We pulled over multiple times for other vehicles to pass. $5 park pass will need to be purchased, which you can do just a few miles from the trail. First half of the trail is on the same terrain you drove on to get there and then you cross a bridge and head into the Forrest. There are no signs once you head into the Forrest so we almost kept going because we couldn’t find the most popular area everyone posts about. There are lots of areas to access the creek. At the end there is another bridge and area you can get in the water. About 15-20 minutes before that, you can access the slide and another area to swim. Trail is very populated. I was very surprised to see families with small children going all the way to the end. When we got back to the car, my watch tracked 9 miles total. The hike was very relaxing and the water was beautiful!

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BackpackingBlowdownOver grownRocky

Tough hike but rewarding! Lots of down trees, thick brush, and some minor route finding when the trail vanishes under dead-fall coming down the Mother Lode trail. This one punches above it's weight and is more difficult than the numbers suggest. Just a note... I caught a freak, unseasonably wet August day when I started and it was pretty miserable. Definitely be prepared with heavy duty rain gear if there is any precip in the forecast. It's amazing how much water those Rhodis will shed on you when pushing through the thickets.

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Jake Reichardt reviewed Dome Rock Peak Trail [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 8, 2020
Hiking

Nice steady incline on a mostly well-maintained trail. There are a few overgrown sections but it was easy to plow through these. It was a little cloudy today so the views were a bit obscured, but we still enjoyed ourselves. No bugs today! We were pleased to only pass three other hiking groups today.

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Tonya Stein reviewed Elk Lake to Twin Lakes [CLOSED]
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Awesome! Lots of variety!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 7, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful hike rewarding with a natural water slide but beware the pool of water at the bottom of slide is deeper than it appears. Kids love the old mine equipment left behind. Can be a long hike for littles but over all family friendly had to carry my 3 year old years ago when we did this they are now in double digits and complete this hike fine.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 5, 2020
HikingGreat!

Went to opal creek today for the first time and it was amazing! Go slow on the gravel, tons of pot holes! I pulled over about 5 times to let people pass because that’s how big the pot holes were and my little Camry would have been destroyed. Wear supportive shoes and bring a snack, and water. Once I got back to the car my phone logged 7.1 miles of walking. So worth it when you see the crystal clear water!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 3, 2020
Hiking

Flume waterfall was my fave on this trail! Prob one of my fave spots in Oregon for swimming + hiking so far

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 2, 2020
BackpackingFeeRocky

The hike is about 3 miles to the opal pool and then 2 miles onto cedar flats. Pros: the river is gorgeous, lots of campsites along the way, great swimming holes. Cons (and the main reason for 3 stars) is that it is packed!! Also saw lots of people miserable doing the somewhat rocky hike with fallen logs in just their swimsuits chafing, do yourself a favor and wear shorts and solid shoes.

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Kryistal Griffin reviewed Henline Falls Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingGreat!

Great Fall! Learned that it is a man made fall which made it so much neater. Great hike to take kids on.

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Jessica Carney reviewed Henline Falls Trail [CLOSED]
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Michael Sandretto reviewed Henline Falls Trail [CLOSED]
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Olivia Davis reviewed Henline Falls Trail [CLOSED]
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love it. very pretty at the end

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Ali Lieberman reviewed Dome Rock Peak Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingBugsOver grown

Humid, sweaty and buggy pretty much the entire way. Trail goes through dense forest and becomes overgrown about halfway up. There is a decent view only at the very end. Don’t recommend this hike in July.

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Kelsey McCallum reviewed Elk Lake to Twin Lakes [CLOSED]
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HikingMuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

Let's start by talking about how horrible that approach road is. It turns to gravel with about 6.5 miles left. The first 2 aren't so bad. Then it gets worse. Then, when you think it's going to get better it gets worse. Then worse again. By the time I made it to the trailhead I was absolutely stunned to see a few sedans parked by Elkhorn camp grounds. My truck had a fun time bouncing around. Can't even imagine their drive up. I found the trail itself to be in pretty bad condition. Washed out from the start heading to Battle Ax first. Found it pretty well overgrown mile and a half in as well. Glad I had GPS directions through this app for sure. One of the reasons it gets one of its two stars is from the view from Battle Ax summit. Wow, pretty spectacular. Sadly I could hear hoots and hollers from the party goers at Elkhorn Lake below as well as seeing their bright colored floaters sprinkled about. Moving on to the trail the ridge line walk was also pretty neat. Definitely enjoyed drops off both sides. From here there really isn't much to see. You're walking on rocky dirt the entire time. Sometimes on scree fields. No big deal. Lots of rocks and I mean you're walking on rocks 50% of the time. The other reason this gets a second star is the camp sites at the twin lakes themselves were pretty sweet. I was able to secure the last good looking spot around 4 pm. There were plenty of others around to my demise. Early start the next day heading back. Heads up, if you're the first one down the trail in the morning, you will break through hundreds if not a thousand spider webs. I felt like Spider-Man waking up after a wet dream. Then the worst part of the trail was the loop coming back clockwise. Horribly overgrown with thorn bushes that follows a muddy creek in multiple spots. Really nothing to look at or making the trek worth it. I didn't expect anything stunning but it was lack luster all in all. I would be seriously surprised if anyone read this review this far, but if you have, I just want you to know I HIGHLY doubt anyone ever does this trail more than once. Happy trails.

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Sierra Nelson reviewed Elk Lake to Twin Lakes [CLOSED]
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grownRocky

First off, kudos to the sedans able to get up the road to the trailhead. I was sketched out driving the road in my Acura RDX. The route mapped on All Trails is actually about 14 miles total. Battle Ax is very rocky and has a lot of overgrowth, but the view is worth it. The trail clears a bit down to the first Twin Lake. The first of the Twin Lakes is very beautiful and is where most people camp. The second of the Twin Lakes was a pain to get to. The trail is all overgrown and you have to climb over a lot of downed trees/logs. The lake was not pretty and not worth the effort, so I’d suggest stopping after the first lake. Bagby Trail was also very overgrown and had several rocky areas, which don’t feel the greatest after you’ve already hiked 12mi. Overall, this was a tough hike with some awesome views.

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