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TRIP REPORT: Underappreciated is this wonderful trail that parallels one of the most beautiful rivers in Oregon or anywhere for that matter, Paterson but doesn’t see nearly the number of visitors that nearby more family-friendly Opal Creek Trail receives (hike 53). That said, Three Pools Day Use Area within the Opal Creek Recreation Area is a slightly Paterson shorter drive, requires very little actual hiking (brief steep paths), and gets very busy on hot summer weekends (as the amount of trash is sadly noticeable). Paterson Trail is also possible year-round because of its lower elevation with rain, snow, and ice bringing a stunning contrast of colors to the river corridor. Snowshoes Paterson may be necessary in winter as you would begin from the Little North Santiam (lower, W) TH and return by the same route after seeing Three Pools from the S side of the river (6Y mi round-trip).

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Shuttle a bike (or another vehicle) to the Shady Cove Campground (upper E) TH and begin back down at the Little North Santiam (lower, W) TH for the loop. Begin at the upper E TH (sans the bike ride) and hike down 1Y mi for a more family-friendly path to visit Three Pools or other rocky Paterson beaches for free, and return the same way. Or simply avoid the hiking for a visit to Three Pools and hike the trail another day. There is a separate $5 fee required for Three Pools Day Use Area parking. Northwest Forest Pass is only required at Shady Cove Campground (upper, E) TH, and a restroom is present at Shady Cove Campground and Three Pools Day Use Area.

TRAILHEAD: Three Pools Day Use Area, Shady Cove Campground (upper E) TH, and Little North Santiam (lower W) TH. Take I-5 S from Portland to exit 253 in Salem, turn left for OR-22 E (Detroit Lake/Bend) to Mehama, turn left at the second flashing signal (milepost 23, before bridge over Santiam River) on easy-to-miss Little North Fork Road for 14% twisting mi (with 5 mi unpaved dusty section). For Three Pools Day Use Area, follow Little North Fork Road into gravel FR-2209 for 12 ml; take the signed turnoff right on FR-2207 2 mi to Three Pools Day Use Area. For the Shady Cove Campground (upper, E) TH, continue on FR-2207 another mile beyond Three Pools; cross the bridge just past Shady Cove Campground; park in the pullout on the left with the signed TH on the right. For the optional bike loop, stash and lock your bike to something at this upper TH then drive down to the lower TH. From Shady Cove Campground (upper, E) TH to Little North Santiam (lower, W) TH, drive back to FR-2209, turn left 12 mi to Elkhorn Drive, turn left sharply 5 mi by crossing over the bridge into gravel as the road narrows and steepens up to the signed Little North Santiam TH with parking in the pullout on the left (90 mi, 1V hours from Portland).

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