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Trip Report: Three Pools Opal Creek Wilderness
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Trip Report: Three Pools Opal Creek Wilderness

Trip Report: Three Pools Opal Creek Wilderness

--When, Where, Conditions--
When: July 15, 2014
Location: Three Pools Day Area Opal Creek Wilderness
Conditions: Absolutely perfect. 91 degrees and sunny with a light breeze. The water had a refreshing chill after soaking up the warmth of the summer sun. Be careful and mindful of the strength of the currents when cliff jumping.
Duration: It is about a 2 hour drive when leaving from Portland. It is completely up to you how much time you feel like spending in the sun. I usually set aside at least 4 hours outside of the driving duration.
Directions: From Salem: Follow Hwy. 22 east to Mehama. Turn on Little North Santiam Road (FS 2209) and proceed for 12 miles to Three Pools Day Use Area.
Useful Links: USDA Forest Service & Portland Hikers

The Report:

If you are looking for a tranquil environment to soak up the sun and jump off a couple of cliffs then Three Pools is the perfect getaway for you. This has become one of my favorite spots for a summer day in Oregon. It is relaxing and absolutely stunning, located about 45 minutes East of Salem in Opal Creek Wilderness. Make sure to bring your North West Wilderness Pass (conveniently for sale at Next Adventure, $5 for the day and $30 for the year).

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The swimming hole comprises of multiple emerald colored pools, waterfalls and countless rocks to climb and jump from. It is easy to spend a whole day relaxing here. Pack and good lunch, and I recommended bringing a pair of water shoes due to the jagged rocks you will be on, as well as a waterproof camera. There are some stunning shots you are going to want to capture that can only been seen once you swim there.

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