Sightseeing & Hiking on the Quartzville Creek Backcountry Byway

The beauty of Quartzville Creek, a wild and scenic river.

Travel Oregon …
Explore the charm and elegance of the Quartzville Creek Backcountry Byway. Wander a forest path beside Green Peter Reservoir. Stop and take a swim. Meander alongside the blue-green depths of Quarzville Creek, a wild and scenic river, carving a corridor amidst towering old growth forests – some trees are over 450 years old, and more than 200 feet tall. Enjoy wildflowers in spring and glistening reds and golds in autumn. No matter the season the byway is marked in drama and subtlety. Give yourself at least 1 to 2 hours for the journey. Perhaps more. The byway is 50 miles long, and there is much to delight, conversations to be had with other travelers – at Yellowbottom Campground, I met a man who knew my parents. Perhaps you’d like to pan for gold or fish, maybe kayak. Stop and sleep under the protection of a rocky outcropping. Pick a few sweet summer berries from the huckleberry patches dotting the roadway.

Directions to the Quartzville Creek Backcountry Byway: Travel east on Oregon Hwy 20, the Over the River and through the Woods Scenic Byway. You’ll see the signs for Foster Lake in Sweet Home telling you to drive east. Follow them. When you see the sign for Green Peter Dam prepare to turn left to cross the river. As soon as you have crossed the river, turn right, and you’ll be on the Quartzville Creek Backcountry Byway, 11. Follow the creek until the road leaves the creek behind, and you’ll be in the Willamette National Forest. Keep going. Don’t give up. The road is good. If you don’t turn around, you’ll see mountains, mountains, mountains, and the road comes out on Oregon Hwy 22, the Santiam Pass, south of Marion Forks. Turn left, follow the north Santiam River, if you want to go back to Salem. Turn right if you want to reconnect with Oregon Hwy 20, the Over the River and through the Woods Scenic Byway, which follows the gentle meander of the south Santiam. From Hwy 20, you can access a multitude of hiking trails that wander through old growth forests, fields of wildflowers, and the Old Cascades in the Menagerie wilderness.

Travel Scenic Byways in Oregon. Enjoy sightseeing, expansive vistas, great hiking trails in our national forests and/or our wilderness areas. Swim in the crisp, vibrant waters of mountain lakes while camping alongside.

Travel Oregon, but protect our National Forests and Wilderness Areas. Leave NO Trace when hiking, camping or otherwise enjoying nature. Check with the US Forest Service on fire danger, roads and other conditions in our national forests before setting out on your journey.

Hiking Trails accessible on the Over the River and through the Woods Scenic Byway if you care to check them out. Furthermore, find forest service campgrounds on the south Santiam. The South Santiam Travel Corridor in the Willamette National Forest of Oregon: USFS.

Forward ~ Camping and Picnicking on the
Quartzville Creek Backcountry Byway.

Back ~ Rafting on the Smith River in Jedediah
Smith Redwoods State Park

Travel Oregon and enjoy spectacular sightseeing, as well as, Campgrounds and Hiking Trails in the Willamette National Forest: on the Over the River and through the Woods Scenic Byway: Directions to and Descriptions of hiking Trails in Oregon on the south Santiam River and Campgrounds in Oregon on the south Santiam River.

Travel Oregon and northern California while staying at Gathering Light … a retreat
near Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon.

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