"OPAL CREEK - NATURE SAVED" Elkhorn by mtncorg

Elkhorn Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 10 photos

President Ronald Reagan is dead now, but during his days in office during the 1980's, the US Forest Service came under the control of people whose ideas of a good forest seemed to be that of a clear cut one. Vast swaths of trees were cut away. Logging and environmetnal interests came to loggerheads over the ancient forests along Opal Creek, which along with Battle Ax Creek forms the Little North Santiam River, deep in the front ranges of the Cascades east of Salem. During the long years of confrontation, I really didn't pay too much attention to the battle beyond the fact that some of the environmentalist sounded a bit childish on television. My vision of Opal Creek were of some low-lying forests with big trees, certainly not of the dramatic landscape which the forest and the creek actually lie. Mountains soar over 200 feet above. The creek and the Little North Santiam below, are glorious streams, crystal clear with deep emerald green pools and countless cascades. The trees are giants, ancient and noble. Now, having seen the forests in person, I am grateful to those who have fought and do so still to save this magnificence - once destroyed, not to be restored.

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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2004 at 1:23 PM

    Indeed, your Little Girl is an excellent tour guide :-) Thanks also for this off-the beaten track spot !

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2004 at 6:20 AM

    I am seriously considering getting a mountain corgi! This looks like my kinda hike (easy ;o) ) Wonderful pictures, Mark :o) ~ Helen

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