Opal Creek Canyoneering

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Sat, 07/07/2012 - Sun, 07/08/2012

The plan is to head south to explore the old-growth drainages of the Willamette National Forest and Opal Creek Wilderness on foot! We will arrive at the Shady Grove Campground (see included map), and will explore the area around there, either hiking west along the North Little Santiam Trail, or if the weather is good, and we are feeling adventurous, exploring the canyon of Gold Creek. The last mile of Gold Creek before its confluence with the Little Santiam River would be a nice warm-up for our objective on Sunday. On Sunday, we will hop in the bus and head as far as we can on FS Road 2209 before reaching a gate and parking area. We will continue on foot another couple of miles up the gravel road before dropping down into Opal Creek itself where we will travel in and along the stream itself for 7+ miles until we arrive back at our campsite. The hikes will not be on a trail. There will be times where we have to climb down short cliffs, or wade across the streams. These are beautiful, true wilderness creeks, and we may wade in the narrows of the creeks on occasion. It is bound to be a blast!

Members of the group should have wilderness skills and be comfortable scrambling and moving through varied terrain. Students do not need to be expert climbers, but should be good team players, and be willing to work hard.

This trip is open to all Upper School students.  The estimated cost of this trip is $50.  Interested students should email David Zonana (zonanad@catlin.edu) to sign up.