This weekend we ventured out for a midday hike along the beautiful Opal Creek. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascades the hike follows the old mining road up the creek to the historic mining town of Jawbone Flats (currently managed as an environmental education center). Along the way there were the remains of an era long gone, complete with quite the collection of trucks.
We hiked the Opal Pool loop, following the mining road up and the river trail back. The water was unbelievably clear, and the old growth forest was a site to see. We are already planning the hike further up the mountain to see the 1000 year old cedar grove.