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Suggestions for a day trip to the mountains

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RangerEric, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. RangerEric

    RangerEric Southern Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Howdy all -

    Need some input, guys. A pretty girl has asked me to "take her on an adventure" into the woods somewhere this Thursday. Need a destination! Coming from Salem, driving a 4x4 Tacoma with 31's, so can handle some terrain, but not looking for any serious off-roading, just a fun place to go check out within an hour or two of home, that's open and accessible this time of year. Maybe a lake/geographic formation/ghost town/easy hike/cool thing to see? A spot to shoot somewhere along the way a plus, but not mandatory. Any thoughts? Thanks all.

    -Eric
     
  2. speeddemon94

    speeddemon94 The Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Silver Falls. Used to go there all the time when I was a kid.
     
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    samuelm16 se pdx Well-Known Member

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    go hike up to bagby hot springs the snows to deep for the riff raff in honda civics to be there yet
     
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    speeddemon94 The Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Forgot about Bagby...And that's clothing optional! You win.
     
  5. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget the wine, smoked salmon, cheese & crackers and fire starter..............
     
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  6. pitrow

    pitrow Cornelius/Newberg New Member

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    the Valley of the Giants isn't too far from you. Should be accessible this time of year.

    Valley of the Giants | Travel Oregon

    Nothing like 500 year old Doug firs to make you feel small.
     
  7. RangerEric

    RangerEric Southern Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Silver Falls is definitely cool, but her and I both have pretty thoroughly explored it already.

    Bagby definitely a contender, I've never been.

    Salted Weapon and RVTech, definitely good reminders, she's big into photography and I'm sure that was gonna happen anyway, but will definitely be throwing in some TP and snacks...!

    Pitrow, I think your suggestion might be the top contender, however, it sounds like you have to go through Valsetz to get to it. I tried finding Valsetz on a weekday last summer and was unable to due to locked gates, and after doing some reading when I got back home it sounded like it's only accessible during the weekend? Can you or anyone else shed any light on if this is still/really the case?

    Keep the suggestions coming, thanks guys.
     
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    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Olallie lake ? Might still be snowed in. Beautiful area, last time up limited out trout in 1/2 an hour from the bank, all had red meat, only complaint is the "skeeters" in late afternoon....

    http://www.lakelubbers.com/olallie-lake-875/
     
  9. RangerEric

    RangerEric Southern Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Yeah, the Olale Lake pictures look amazing, I wonder if the road from Detroit is passable this time of year.
     
  10. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I checked out the link to and video of Valley of the Giants. Might take a trip over to the BLM on South Commercial to pick up the brochure.

    And if you're over by Dallas, the restaurant with the monkey really isn't what it's cracked up to be, even with small kids. But the drive is really nice if it's clear out.
     
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    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I would recommend Opal Creek. It's located up off of the North Santiam river.
    Don't know what the snow level is right now, but it's a beautiful area with one of the last old growth forests left in Oregon.
    Costs a couple of bucks to park at the entrance.
    After you cross over the bridge, take the first road to the right. There is an old gold mine shaft and cabin located next to the creek.
    Make sure you hike around the back side of the cabin, because you will see one of the greatest swimming holes around.
     
  12. RangerEric

    RangerEric Southern Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Ok, after doing some reading on Opal Creek and Jawbone Flats, that sounds really cool, and most likely to be accessible this time of year. Should be a fun adventure, thanks for the input everybody..!
     
  13. pitrow

    pitrow Cornelius/Newberg New Member

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    yeah I've heard from other people that there's lots of locked gates and such around that area and if you don't know where you're going you're probably not going to make it to the valley. I've never actually been there, but it's on my list of places to get to one of these days. Your best best is probably giving the BLM a call and asking about it. I know they do provide maps with directions to it, and I'm sure they can tell you when you can get there.
     
  14. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I stopped in to the Salem BLM office today. They didn't think that it would be locked up right now but weren't sure. They also said to expect quite a bit of mud from melting snow. They also reinforced what some others mentioned on the web site - if you're taking a compact car, take at least 2 spare tires!

    Opal Creek isn't BLM, it's a private non-profit.
     
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    gtivan Salem Member

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    If I remember right, Valsetz is on the mainline out of falls city past the post office. only 1 gate. all that is left is concrete pad from part of the mill.

    I never tried getting to the valley of the giants, on my agenda though.