dogs on leash
A really great place for training runs. I went in late November and there was mud, slippery leaves, dry trails, wet rocky patches, fallen trees, and snow. Some good climbing but nice flats too to recover. Some really technical areas and a patch of tight switchbacks. The trail is mostly covered by trees, so the ground isn't too wet even this time of year, but it does make it pretty dark. If you're going in the afternoon maybe bring a headlamp or flashlight. You get a pretty diverse running experience here! My puppy and I will be back for sure!
Absolutely beautiful trail. The hike is easy and the reward is big. Unreal scenery that not even the best camera could capture the beauty. Ended the hike with a very chilly plunge into the water! 10/10 would recommend to anyone of any skill level
This trail is much longer than the app states, probably by about a mile. Several parts of the trail were poorly kept and at one point, there was no way across the creek without risking to go in. Following a road back in my book does not count as a loop trail and I even had to walk right next to the highway to get back to the trailhead. As for the sights, there's not much of the creek.
Kelly W. on Opal Creek Trail
Loved this trail. Really easy going, perfect for me and my older dog. Lots of people but it never felt crowded. Stunning views of the river and fun exploring the community at Jawbone Flats.
Great hike phenomenal views. Once near top follow cairns and side trail to caves moderate intensity
Suggest stopping at Rosie's Mountain Coffee House on 22 (NE Santiam Blvd) before and/or after hike for coffee and sandwiches address;
647 NE Santiam Blvd
Mill City, OR 97360
Great trip make sure you have a lot of daylight especially if you do the whole loop! Great views of Scott Mountain , Mt Washington, north and middle sister , and three fingered Jack!! I would reccommend it to anyone wanting to take a challenging but rewarding trail!