Santiam, Little North (Upper Opal), Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|LITTLE NORTH SANTIAM RIVER NEAR MEHAMA, OR|
|usgs-14182500||700 - 2000 cfs||IV-V||01h26m||213 cfs (too low)|
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.
Supporting Mining Clean Up In Opal Creek Headwaters (OR)
January 16, 2013