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Opal Creek is a must go hiking camping trip... Hiked the whole 9 mile loop with only what was in my sack had a blast!

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12 top-secret swimming holes

Opal Pool—Willamette National Forest, Oregon: A leap into the refreshingly brisk waters of Opal Pool should come with an automatic membership into the Polar Bear Club -- even during the dog days of summer, the waters hover near a bracing 42 degrees. Luckily, you will have worked up quite a sweat by the time you reach the pool, after a 3.5-mile hike through the old-growth Douglas firs of the Willamette National Forest’s Opal Creek Wilderness Area.

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Opal Creek Falls - Google Search

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Visiting Opal Creek (Oregon)

Opal Pool Opal Creek 3 Pools Sawmill Falls Jawbone flats One amazing hike

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8 great NW Summer Swimming Holes just outside Portland - shown is Opal Pool.

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The impossibly blue Opal Pool, deep in Oregon’s Opal Creek Wilderness

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Opal Creek (Oregon)

Last weekend, my family and I had the opportunity to hike in the Opal Creek Scenic Area and Wilderness. It is located east of Salem, in the Willamette National Forest. Opal Creek runs through thousands of acres of protected old growth forest, crisscrossed with over 30 miles of hiking trails.

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Opal Creek Take Exit 253 Hwy 22 towards Detroit. 22 miles, at flashing yellow light is the Swiss Village Restaurant. Turn left/north onto the North Fork Rd. The Opal Creek trailhead is at the very end of this road, approx 20 miles. 14 miles of pavement then road turns to gravel. After approx 1.5 -2 miles you will see a turn-off on the right towards Three Pools. Stay to the left on Forest Road 2209. Continue another 4 miles to the Opal Creek/Jawbone parking area and trail head.

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Three Pools Opal Creek Oregon | three pools is a collection of gorgeous swimming holes in the Opal Creek Wilderness area *

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A heart along Opal Creek. This is a location called Three Pools in the Opal Creek Wilderness.

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