Opal Creek Wilderness – Salmon Falls (#7)


 April 17, 2011
Info: http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/descriptions/salmonfalls.htm)  Purchase of this area, with the assistance of Land and Water funds, was made to preserve an outstanding scenic site. The area is forested, and at the falls site, the Little North Fork of the Santiam River plunges over the rock outcropping about 30 feet to a pool beneath. Only minimum development of the popular area has been undertaken. Emphasis has been placed on preservation of the natural beauty of the site. The Bureau of Land Management owns land on two sides of the park and is interested in ultimately developing the entire area. Facilities at a Glance

  • 22.62 Acres
  • Picnic Tables
  • Fishing
  • Water Activities
  • Hiking Trails
  • Fire Pits
  • ADA Restroom

8:00 a.m. to Sunset

  • On I-5 exit onto Hwy 22 and head east towards Stayton
  • In 22 miles – at second yellow light just east of Mehama – turn left onto North Fork Road SE
  • At milepost 13.6 turn right onto Elkhorn Drive SE
  • After ½ mile park on the left to access Little N. Santiam Trail No. 3338
    at the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area

Jenn’s View: Great hike for the family…If you travel up the path a bit, there is an area where you can go swimming. I bet it has a lot of people here during the summer. I remember pulling off to the side of the road, the trail was right there, and boom the waterfall was right there as well. Had to do a little climbing but VERY little.  The trail continued and would be an excellent “beginners” trail running area. Highly recommend even with small children. Just be careful of the water.

It was pretty cold but just dress in layers and should be great.

The trail was relatively flat and leads you straight on top of the falls. You see all these little wooden bridges. When I told TJ we had to get back soon because we had to drive to Hillsboro for Grandma’s and Auntie Joyce’s birthday, that’s when he got all “pissy” and didn’t want to hike no mo’. 😦

The top of the falls did have a sign stating something about swimming at your own risk. he he

There are quite a few waterfalls around this area. Check out Opal Creek Wilderness blog. May 29, 2011 to get to Opal Pool or Henline Falls blog dated May 30, 2011 and Henline Trails dated May 21, 2011


JUNE 23, 2012

Went and re-visited this on my way to Nasty Rock Hike – which by the way I did not do. I ran out of time. Scott was on his way to my house and I had to do the dishes.

The water level is real low at this time compared to what I had seen back in April 2011. 🙂 I had originally thought this was Elkhorn Falls but I was wrong. I even took a picture of the sign so this is what I assume is Salmon Falls Park.

Oh My goodness, I would NEVER use the bathroom. One thing, the lock is on the outside and it looked pretty gross in there…I was too scared. I’d rather pee outside.

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As you can tell by the picture, the water level is extremely low

Opal Creek Wilderness Salmon Falls Park

Opal Creek Wilderness Salmon Falls Park

Opal Creek Wilderness Salmon Falls Park

Go check out the other No Hikes Hike I just did around the area. Great place to take the kids for the day and see what wonderful areas Opal Creek Wilderness has to offer.

NORTH FORK PARK: https://oregonhike.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/opal-creek-wilderness-no-hike-hikes-north-fork-park/

SULLIVAN FALLS: https://oregonhike.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/opal-creek-wilderness-no-hike-hike-sullivan-falls/


One thought on “Opal Creek Wilderness – Salmon Falls (#7)

  1. Pingback: Opal Creek Wilderness – No Hike Hikes! North Fork Park | Hiking Throughout OREGON

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