The Opal Creek Wilderness is a lush forest with old growth and tons of water. The creek lives up to it's color namesake. I hiked deep into the wilderness in early May where snow still lingered.
It's a strange feeling as you go deeper into the wilderness. There were many eras of mining in this region and remants are everywhere. You'll walk for several hours and then suddenly come upon rail tracks. It's a mixed vibe. You feel like you've discovered some lost civilization and you also feel like these artifacts are trash in the landscape left behind.