Opal Creek Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Detroit, OR that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A walk along an old road and an opportunity to explore a mining operation abandoned over a century ago.
Nice trail! Lots of cars even on a weekday morning. I made the mistake of going when it just had rained for a few days so there wasn't a pool- just a lot of rushing water-oops. Easy hike but occasionally there are vehicles on the "trail" which can come by a surprise.
I made the mistake of hiking this trail starting at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. I felt like for a trail that went 3.1 miles one way, there wasn't much variety in scenery. There also isn't much signage that directs you when the path splits up multiple times on the trail. I took the shortcut, at the recommendation of another hiker since the sun was going down. The shortcut has more challenging terrain. Also I didn't know one you reach the destination, you have to climb down some sketchy rocks to get to the pool. I made the mistake of continuing on the Battle Axe Ck. Trail for a little bit before I figured something was wrong and turned around. This is a hike that's only worth doing earlier in the day and when it's sunnier so you can see the crystal clarity of the water.
Jawbone Flats is a neat little town to travel through on the way back. That's one thing I'm glad I did. I definitely advise taking the shortcut to Opal Pool and then going around and taking the other path back through Jawbone.
Easy walk along a gorgeous creek! Many places to get in the water. Perfect for a hot summer day.
Beautiful and easy hike... my only complaint would be all the dog poo...pleaseeeee people, clean up after your friends...
Way too crowded. We had to park a half a mile from the trail head because there were too many cars parked on the side of the road from the start of the trail all the way back down the road, then we had to walk to the entrance, pay for parking, walk all the way back to the car to put the tag on the rearview mirror, then walk all the way back to the entrance just to start hiking. So we walked a mile and a half before we even got started. Then there were so many people that it was loud and really took away from the sounds of nature that my family enjoys. The "ghost town" of Jawbone Flats was not much of a ghost town since most of the buildings have been remodeled and turned into cabins, or more buildings have been built to house staff so you can't even explore anything. Opal Pool was pretty, but I think my overall negative feelings about the hike so far probably clouded my judgement on its beauty. But it really didn't feel like it was all that amazing. The leftover mining equipment and machinery was interesting but overall, we did the full 10.5 mile loop and it just didn't feel like the payoff at the end was worth the effort we put into it. We won't be doing this hike again.
Beautiful trail and a great hike. Just wish people would keep their dogs on a leash.
This is a beautiful hike mostly shaded! Lots of people use this as a swimming hole! The hike is long but not hard, lots to see so give yourself plenty of time to hike cause there is so much to explore!
great hike and very nice all around
Hiked the entire trail for a total of just under 10 miles. Much longer hike than originally planned but the scenery could not have been any more beautiful. The mining relics added a new level of charm. Headed out around 11 AM on a Tuesday and ran into only a handful of folks. Absolutely loved the trail through the woods. Takes longer than the gravel road, but is priceless!
This was our first backpacking trip. There were 2 adults and 6 children ages 7-14. Leading up to this trip i had trouble finding information about camp sites. I will share with you what we found.
There were a few campsite options about 2 miles in at Merten mill(where the first bunch of old mining equipment is), if you don't mind everyone entering this wilderness hiking by your site.
Once you get onto the kopetski trail another 1/4 mile down the road( take a right over the wooden bridge), the forest is real dense and we didn't notice any suitable areas for a camp until just after slide falls(2 3/4 miles into the hike).
This is where we camped(slide falls) and the site was big enough for 3-4 small tents. From here until opal pool the forest thins out and we saw 5(maybe 6)
other sites suitable for camping that would accommodate multiple tents.
On the gravel road we only saw 2 small sites suitable for only 1 tent, these also were just past slide falls.
None of the pools or waterfalls are marked except opal pool. We never did find sawmill falls (somewhere in the vicinity of merten mill).
We did find slide falls, only because other people were there. We all had a blast playing in the pool and going down the slide. In the afternoon it got really crowded, so I would suggest getting there early.
I hope this was helpful to future backpackers.
Love the old mines and relics.
This hike was great! Easy enough for the family to do including the dog. Opal Pool itself was beautiful but more difficult to get down to if you are thinking of swimming. There is a swimming area about a mile before Opal Pool which was easier to get to. The trail was busy as we were hiking out on a Sunday at about 2pm. Next time we will go during the week.