Santiam, Little North (Upper Opal) - 1. Battle Axe Creek to Gold Creek

Santiam, Little North (Upper Opal), Oregon, US


1. Battle Axe Creek to Gold Creek (Upper Opal Creek)

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14182500 700 - 2000 cfs IV-V 01h20m 32.2 cfs (too low)

River Description

See Upper Opal description on for more information.

Logistics: From Highway 22 mile 23.2 turn onto Little North Santiam Road (this turn is at a flashing light on the west side of the Highway 22 bridge across the North Santiam). Head up this road paralleling the river and at mile 16.9 where the road comes to a Y turn right onto Forest Road 2207. Follow this road down 0.7 mile to 3 Pools which is the take-out. To reach the put-in head back up to the Y and this time take the left fork onto Forest Road 2209. Follow this road to the gate at mile 21.1. From here you will hike in to the Merten Mill historic site (put-in for Upper Opal) or continue on up past Jawbone Flat and above the confluence with Battle Axe Creek. Jawbone Flat is about 3 miles up the trail and the location of the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center which is a great place to spend the night.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-01-11 21:33:17

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