This weekend, I took a short trip to Henline Falls (hike #5 in William Sullivan’s “100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades”). The hike itself is super short (less than a mile); the real attractions are Henline Falls (over 100 feet tall) and the abandoned Henline mine. The mine is safe for exploration; we ventured inside about a 1/4 mile before turning around. You can view my Flickr media here.
Here are obscure notes for the future:
- The driving directions in Sullivan’s book are slightly confusing. After driving 15 miles on Little North Fork Road, you’ll see a spur road on the left (tip: it forms a T-intersection with Little North Fork Road). DON’T TAKE THIS SPUR ROAD. Instead, keep driving forward. The junction for road 2209 is further ahead; it’s a well-marked Y-intersection.
- Sullivan is correct when he says the entrance to the mine is “just to the right of the waterfall’s misty base.” In fact, you can’t see the mine entrance until you’re practically next to the waterfall.
- The mine seems to be safe for exploring, albeit a little spooky. Headlamps are a necessity!