The Opal Creek Wilderness and Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area include many longer day hikes, destination swimming spots, and short side trips that can be added to either of the above. Henline Falls is one such addition that’s worth visiting while you are in the area.
After departing from the trailhead, walk along an abandoned forest road for about a third of a mile before forking left on the trail to Henline Falls. (Taking the fork to the right leads you along the Ogle Mountain Trail, which deadends after a relatively uninteresting 2 miles). After another third of a mile, you’ll have reached the base of the 126-foot falls. The falls cascade into a pool that would make for a good toe-dip in the summer. If you are visiting on a colder day, an abandoned mine shaft with tramway remnants also makes the short hike more interesting. The mine is partially gated for safety; exercise care if you choose to explore the dry adit, which is only safely accessible for about 0.2 miles.
In autumn, a striking abundance and variety of fungal growth can be found on the forest floor.
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