August 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $45 per member, $55 per non-member Tickets on sale Tuesday, June 10
Restore Oregon invites you to tour the company mining town, Jawbone Flats, which has been repurposed into an environmental learning site by Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. See how the miners’ cabins survived the ravages of harsh winters. You will break up into three groups of ten people and be led by Tom, Leslie or George Atiyeh on a 6 ½ mile round-trip, moderate level hike into the ancient forest. During the walk in and at the mining camp you will:
• Cross the historic “Half Bridges” which are tied into a cliff. • See mining tunnels. • Visit the remains of a steam-powered sawmill. • Learn the history of the Native Americans and the miners who claimed the area in 1859. • Have pre-paid lunch in the lodge included. • Experience how electricity was produced from the late 1800s to the present. • Explore surviving and repurposed buildings. • Learn the origins of the names Jawbone Flats and Opal Creek. • Be awed at Opal Pool.
For an intimate experience and to comply with US Wilderness rules, this day-tour is limited to 27 people. As an optional thrill, take a dip in the creek and zip down the natural rock slide. Just two hours from Portland, we will meet at the trailhead at 9:00 am. You will need a valid USFS Northwest Forest parking pass or purchase a $5 day pass at the gate.