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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
One-way/Shuttle
Distance
5.50 mi (8.85 km)
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The Opal Creek area is known for its emerald green waters, old-growth Douglas fir forests, and many cascading waterfalls. The Little North Santiam River Trail traces a popular section of the river, including the Three Pools.

This trail can be completed as a one-way with a car shuttle or an out-and-back. The trail follows the river with many small spurs to access the water, including possibly dozens of swimming holes and access via the opposite river bank to the Three Pools parking area. There are also a few designated backcountry campsites.

While the trail meanders with a mild grade, there is a section of trail that switches back and rises approximately 500 vertical feet to a viewpoint high above the river. Numerous rustic footbridges cross tributaries to the Little North Santiam River. Enjoy classic scenes of lush greenery typical of an Oregon forest and the steady dull roar of the river.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Old-growth forest. Swimming holes.

Cons

Crowds.

Trailhead Elevation

1,552.00 ft (473.05 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,342.00 ft (409.04 m)

Address

NF-2207
Gates, OR 97346
United States

Features

Backcountry camping
Waterfalls
Old-growth forest
Fishing

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

07/17/2017
You can purchase Northwest Forest Passes online (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fsbdev2_027010) or at any ranger station.
07/15/2017
Where can we purchase a NW pass?
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