Jeff D. on Ophir / Davis Creek Trail
Hiked to Rock Lake...pleasantly surprised at the water as I read one review that it was dry. Raced the weather down. Ophir Creek crossing a little wet!
These reviews all stated going to rock lake which is all huge boulders. If you continue north west you will get to Price lake at the bottom of the slide on slide mountain. This is a beautiful lake with a rocks in hog wire dam on the outlet. The dam was placed there after the last land slide occurred.
Hiked into Rock Lake from the Davis Creek Park trailhead. The first 3/4 mile climbs up Davis Creek to a little pass over to Ophir Creek. After another 3/4 of a mile and just before the boulder field at the Ophir Creek Crossing, the trail forks. The fork to the left is the Ophir Creek Trail. (I think the right hand fork goes to an old trail to Rock Lake.) After crossing Ophir Creek, the trail heads back downstream, but then goes around a ridge and starts heading upstream again. There is an Ophir Creek trail sign where a private road meets the trail. The trail follows some rock trenches at three different spots; watch your step. The Rock Creek Trail junction is 3.3 miles in (1.7 from the crossing.) It's about a half mile in to the little basin where the lake is situated.
A bit of an update...Rick Hackman, Bill Vance and I followed the above mentioned right hand fork at the crossing. It is the old trail to Rock Lake; steep and a bit hard to follow in places, but it gets you there (3/25/14.)
This is one tough trail to run! Steep incline, elevation, and relentless climbing. I only did 10 mi in over two hours but I'm a flatlander. I would love to return and go all the way to TRT which I believe is 14-16 round trip with great scenery.
Just hiked this one today, with the wife and our 7 y/o daughter. She's real tough and hung in on the trail up to the waterfalls (by way of opting for the north side of the creek). I would not recommend it for most other young children, though. Lots of bush-whacking if going on the north side (just under the foot of Slide Mtn.). Please help out and put up some ducks as you pass through the trail, as many are missing. Great wildflowers this time of year, though...especially the Indian Paintbrush in a whole variety of brilliant reds and oranges. FYI: we chose this particular path in order to train for the Ruby Mtns. and Wheeler Peak in Elko and Ely (our upcoming vacation), but would not mind hiking it many more times in the future.