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    CRYSTAL POOL

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Crystal Pool and its Cascade gleaming in the sun

    From the footbridge at the bottom of Royal Terrace, continue taking two right forks. You will clamber along the edge of McDowell Creek - the second right fork is right after crossing the stream on another footbridge - and shortly after crossing the road, you come to the 20 foot high Crystal Pool cascade. A steep waytrail takes you down where you can scamper on rocks to the pool's edge. Wet is a good possibility when jumping about here ;-]

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    MAJESTIC FALLS

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Waters roiling at Majestic Falls

    Just beyond Crystal Pool is the 39 foot Majestic Falls. The trail goes over a bridge to a viewpoint structure offering a great view of the falls. You can also scamper along the rocks below the falls. A couple of flights of stairs and you come out atop another viewing platform atop the falls. Picture time.

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    LOWER FALLS

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Waters rambling over Lower Falls on McDowell Creek

    From the first parking area - 'Royal Terrace Falls' - you cross McDowell Creek on a small bridge and you can see the top of a waterfall to your right. From the picnic area, bootpaths take off under the undergrowth and tunnel you to pools below. The waters here area not snowfed in summer, so are warm enough to invite swimming.

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    ROYAL TERRACE FALLS

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Triple decked Royal Terrace Falls cascades down

    After leaving the first parking area on foot, cross McDowell Creek and wander a short ways through the lush forest. Three part, 119 foot high Royal terrace Falls awaits you as it tumbles over and down basalt cliffsides. A long bridge crosses the small creek below the waterfall.

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    ROYAL FERNS

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ferns along the basalt cliffs sopping up the mists

    Before crossing the bridge below Royal Terrace Falls, steep stairs lead up and above the falls. A loose footpath leads to the pool at the bottom of the upper falls. Cliffs are covered with ferns kept moistened by the constant spray from the falls.

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    CONE PEAK/IRON MOUNTAIN WILDFLOWER

    by mtncorg Written Aug 31, 2010
    Wildflowers atop Cone Peak and Iron Mt beyond

    The Cone Peak/Iron Mountain hiking loop off US 20 at Tombstone Pass - just west of the highway junction below Santiam Pass - is one of the best places to experience the magnificence of the Cascade Mountain wildflower show. The whole loop is only a little under 7 miles and the views and flowers are truly grand.

    The best direction from the parking lot on Tombstone Pass is east - you need to buy a $5 day parking pass or have an annual NW Forest Pass. You switchback up Cone Peak and eventually come to pumice meadows ablaze with color in July. Iron Mountain, with its lookout and the southern spire, looms to the west.

    From Cone Peak you continue west across a flower-bedecked saddle in to forests at the base of Iron Mountain. Going much of the way around the mountain, you come to a trail going up to the lookout atop the peak. Many switchbacks take you up through flowered gardens.

    Atop, you find grand views of the Cascades from Diamond Peak in the south to Mt Hood in the north. The lookout is manned during the fire season and is not open to the public. You can peer through the door when it is not in use at the simple interior within. A earlier lookout was literally blown off the summit by autumn storms and one lookout also fell to his death here - a memorial is placed just to the south of the lookout.

    From the top you return through the flowers you came up through - maybe not sweating as much - and return to your car after crossing US 20 and heading east for a final mile along the trail following the old Santiam Wagon Road. Hard to imagine wagons rocking along in these high forests.

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    WEDDLE BRIDGE

    by mtncorg Written Aug 31, 2010
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    Dating to 1937, the Weddle Bridge crossed Thomas Creek not far from the town of Jefferson. It is similar in construction to other Thomas Creek bridges - Gilkey, Hannah and Jordan - with open sides allowing air to pass through and reduce rot. A concrete span made the bridge redundant in 1980 and it was dismantled in 1987. Locals here in Sweet Home were able to rebuild the bridge here in 1989 crossing Ames Creek from Sankey Park to the high school. The rebuilding process was helped along by the people in Stayton who had moved the Jordan Bridge which also originally crossed Thomas Creek to their town shortly earlier. The Weddle Bridge lives on today though Ames Creek is a much smaller version of Thomas.

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    CRAWFORDSVILLE BRIDGE

    by mtncorg Updated Aug 31, 2010
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    Built in 1932, the bridge was bypassed by the neighboring concrete span in 1963 - though only after the original rounded portals had been squared off to allow larger loads - i.e. log trucks - to pass through. The bridge was neglected for years and finally after flood damage in 1996, the county repaired the bridge to its present condition making it into a wayside park along OR 228.

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    SHORT BRIDGE

    by mtncorg Written Aug 31, 2010
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    Because of its surroundings and the view from the banks of the South Fork of the Santiam River, the Short Bridge - named after a local resident - is one of the prettiest covered bridges in Oregon. Built in 1945 in the open-sided Linn County covered bridge style, the bridge is the county's easternmost covered bridge and features a rare wood-shingled roof. Deep pools beneath the bridge ensure fishermen and on hot days, bathers who have screwed in some nice swings into the bottom of the bridge to further enhance the swimming experience. I have read mention of wildlife visitations to the bridge - not that strange since you are quite a ways back up into the Cascade Mountains - but you also can find wolf puppies for sale on the north end of the bridge. The mtncorg was not interested.

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    RAINBOWS

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Prismatic deviations captured on waterfalls' edge

    Look hard at the waters as they dash below. Mists drifts away and the roar never ends. Light plays among the streams of water, forming the inevitable rainbow.

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    Swimming,Boating, Waterskiing and more

    by thecatsmeow Written Jul 17, 2004

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    Foster Lake is a man made lake at the end of town. There are several areas to swim and fish around the parimeter. Or you can launch a boat and head out for some great waterskiing or tubing.

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