Ophir / Davis Creek Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Washoe Valley, NV and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Crystal Bay: Take Highway 431 north to the west end of Tahoe Meadows. This will lead you to the Ophir section of the trail. Alternatively you can travel along Highway 395 to the Davis Creek regional Park.
Great trail. Was nice to hike along a clear path and camp on a bed of pine needles. Multiple sites for camping along the trail. No permit required other than a fire permit. Hiked to Rock Lake but didn't find anywhere to set up camp, but it was worth a look.
We didn't go all the way but the part we did do was fun and scenic!I love this hike
Very scenic and more difficult than anticipated. The creek crossing was nice. Sat there barefoot for a while in the fresh water. Overall, the hike was well worth the long trip up the mountain.
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!
I did the hike up to Rock Lake it was great. You cross a Creek and past that it gets more difficult(rocky) well worth it!
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.
Just hiked this today. Went up to Rock Lake, which is not a lake but huge orange boulders everywhere...quite interesting...about 4.5 mi there but very steep, rocky areas most of the way. Noticed a lot of bear poop so decided not to go any higher.
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.
I've gone up to rock lake and back and also discovery and nature. Discovery and nature are great for children but ophir is a little rough. Though my 4 year old can make it about a mile up this path with me. Great area.
Hiked the 1.7 Discovery Trail & .7 mile nature trail around Davis pond. Both good family hikes. The nature trail would be excellent for parent with young children.