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hiking
2 days ago

Lots to explore on this hike. This is one of my favorites.

I'm so glad the potholes have been fixed!

walking
2 days ago

One of my favorites! Very packed on weekends because it's so popular. Love cooling off in the water next to the waterfall at Jawbone or at the natural rock water slide on hot summer days.

hiking
3 days ago

Start early. There are a ton of people on this trail. Also it is more like a road than a trail. It was something fun to check out, but I doubt I will do this hike again.

One of my favorite places. A must see and explore!

Fun hike great views from top.

Absolutely beautiful!!

Went midweek, only three other small groups on the trail. definitely earns hard rating, very steep and long. Great views from the old lookout site. Only earns 4 stars because trail after lookout to summit is unstable at times, narrow, sometimes overgrown, and has several fallen trees over it. I reached the Summit, but honestly the extra mile each way wasn't really worth it, as the views from the lookout are just as stunning and similar.

Beautiful hike. Only ran into one person on the actual Whetstone mountain trail, and it was decently well-maintained. Pretty difficult hike when it rains. There wasnt much snow in mid-June!

Such a beautiful and relaxing hike!

Beautiful hike! We arrived early and ran into two people until we were on our way back, haha. Gentle inclines and stunning views. This trail just made me happy. Be forewarned that there has been cougar sightings recently, so ensure you are safely prepared.

hiking
14 days ago

So beautiful!

backpacking
20 days ago

Trail is in good shape, road to the trailhead is rough and rocky but doable. Gorgeous views, great camp spots to stay overnight at Twin Lakes.

off road driving
20 days ago

The drive up to this trail is insane. We got all the way up and didn’t even hike bc we were so spooked by the road. It’s about 8 miles uphill on gravel.. and the very top where it is steepest/most narrow/huge cliff drop offs is the rockiest terrain. Even in 4 wheel drive it is scary, and few turn arounds. View at top is pretty but not worth dying over. Also would recommend a group bc you are very isolated. Currently logging is being conducted about 2.5 mi up, but we went on a weekend so wasn’t an issue (might be during the week). To safely drive it’s about 50 min ea. way.

Absolutely beautiful scenery. The water is amazingly clear with green pools. The trail is well maintained. I have not hiked in a long time, and just getting back into shape so I found this to be quite the workout. I agree with others that there are a lot of other hikers on this trail.

backpacking
21 days ago

A great, easy “hike” which is mostly a walk along a gravel road until you get to Opal pool. From Opal pool to Cedar Flats though, the trail is legit terrifying in spots. Narrow single track, poorly maintained, with steep drop offs on the side. One area had just a large tree with small handholds notched in with a chainsaw... which would epically suck if you missed them. Another spot had s wobbly crank to cross a creek which would take you over the side.Still, it is stunningly beautiful, and the camp sites at the Flats are wonderful... flat and ride by Opal Creek. I’d attempt experience, nerves of steel and leave the kids and dogs at home.

hiking
21 days ago

This was a great hike. At no point is it super demanding but it still makes you work here and there...and EVERYTHING is just stupid beautiful up there. If you take the bridge to the trail on the opposite side of the creek be sure you have some sturdy shoes...i was in trail runners and my feet still took a little bit of a beating. I will second the advice...go during the week. we thought we got up there pretty early on a Friday and there were still a fair number of cars in the parking lot and on our way back out a steady stream of people were starting to show up...this is a popular place and with good reason.

25 days ago

Awesome trail

Stunning views. Crowded as a result! ;) worth it at least once! We logged 9.5 miles on my step counter app total.

The walk up the gravel road to get to jawbone flats had uneven sharp gravel thoughout glad I did not bring my small tender footed pup!

Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend... we arrived by 8am and had a great hike. Went via the road to Jawbone Flats then returned via the loop by Opal Pool (which is a more difficult and smaller trail, but lovely views). By the time we got back to the roadway on the return, it was a super-highway of people! We counted 132 cars when we left. It took us about 4 hours, leisurely pace, 6.5 miles.

So beautiful! The creek is stunning with several falls, pools, and the hike is varied with interesting things along the way, such as rusty train cars, Jawbone flats.
Don’t buy a Marion County Parks parking pass (I didn’t know so paid for one as soon as I turned onto N Fork Road)- you just need the NW Forest Pass or pay at the trailhead.
Footing is more technical and slower once you get on the Kopetski trail.
Allow about 4-5 hours round trip including breaks by the numerous pools.

I love this hike. This is my third time doing it and I swear the water gets bluer each time. Smile on my face the whole time. A must do for sure!

backpacking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. SO difficult (for me) but absolutely worth it. Once you reach the look out point up top you have an incredible view of the surrounding mountains (whetstone, battle axe, etc.) and can see Mt. Jefferson looming in the distance. You can also see the valley down below to your right. A truly beautiful, challenging, entertaining hike. The only downside was we were unable to find any water once we started the hike. We had our filtration system but couldn’t use it. Supposedly if we’d continued just a bit further there may have been a creek, but we’re not sure if it would have been dry because of heat. Overall, great experience! I definitely recommend.

I really enjoyed this hike. The water is an amazing blue green and there are many pools to take a swim in. A little too cold yet, but will be going back. Weekends are very busy. If you like solitude you will not find it here during peak times. Definitely worth a trip out, but likely better during the week.

Great diverse trail from Opal Creek trailhead to Cedar Flats. This trail is an out and back hike with a total closer to 13.5-not 9.3. Be prepared to climb over logs and hike both road and single track. Jaw Bone Flats is a quirky little must see, as well as, Opal Pool.
I wouldn’t recommend for first time hikers or children under 10, unless they are well versed in hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this with my younger brother, and I must say that it was very pleasant. Easy and was just plain enjoyable. Definitely bringing more people with us next time.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a long but easy hike that is great for dogs and small children. We went all the way to Opal Pool and it ended up being about 8.5 miles round trip. My kiddos are both under 6 and they did a great job. They were tired at the end and fell asleep immediately. Bring snacks for sure. Not the most strenuous workout but beautiful and enjoyable.

*Road has been repaired. Must nicer than previous trips out here.

The water was so beautiful. The hike was pretty easy, even with three kids. The crowds of people were definitely a turn off, though. I’d go again, but very early in the morning.

most beautiful place ive ever been

walking
1 month ago

It’s a nice walk for a hot sunny day! Can’t wait to come back to swim here.
On an off note it was insanely busy... sunny Saturday .. weekend ... bad time to go! Have went during the week before though and it was so peaceful.

**potholes have been fixed so the gravel road to the trail head is in awesome shape!

hiking
1 month ago

Really easy day hike! Beautiful river views

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