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This was my second attempt to get to Rock Lake, but after downloading GPS coordinates, it helped as trail is hard to find after the creek. Hike is very steep going in and we did this on a winter day that turned out to be warm. At almost two miles in, there is a creek crossing and then shortly after, a second one. You will come to a sign showing that Ophir Creek continues on. DO NOT take the trail that goes downhill (this leads into Little Valley and some private property). When you continue on to Ophir Creek trail, it appears the trail stops and you will have to hike up a creek bed. We did this going up. However, there is a trail to the right of the creek, but it is hard to find. Once you go up the creek bed, you will meander through some "bramble" and find the trail again. Eventually, you will come to a couple of signs (one leads you to Upper Price lake and the other to Rock Lake). The trail is downhill from here and there was quite a bit of snow on the trail going in. Once we got to the lake, it was frozen over and we had fun throwing rocks out there to see if it would break. The entire trip (including our 1/2 lunch break at Rock Lake) was about 5 hours.

Great physical climb in the forest and perfect for a quick tough workout getaway and peaceful rest at the top. It took about 4.5 hours pushing through without breaking all the way up, which was tough, and relaxing an hour at the lake. It’s just hard to stack up with Galena, Rose, and the TRT so close by. Limited scenic views and a small lake, although they were nice. There was still snow on the trail and the lake was frozen when I went in early February so I’ll have to do it again in summer to see if it would be better. Be prepared to walk through 20 yards of calf deep creek water or thick brush right before the lake; at least this time of year. All in all it was a really nice hike and good alternative day hike to mix things up if you are a regular local day hiker.

First time hiking here. Does need to be marked a little better. Third time hiking overall. I got lost.

The hike was actually 10.36 miles but it was great. Scenic. Not well marked.

Hiked to Upper Price Lake.
i was planning to camp there but wasnt able to make it before nightfall and had to stop and make camp less than a mile away in a clearing.

The lake was pretty, the camp site is kinda small but could probably fit 6 - 8 tents and the water is colder then a witch's titty. That's however cold you think it is, minus a few degrees.

If you're going to do this hike, i recommend camping overnight, the site was beautiful and isolated, perfect for hanging out with friends and loved ones.

But if youre only going to hike it, there are plenty of pretty views but not enough for the difficulty, you'll probably be underwhelmed.

Going there took me about 4 hours with a heavy pack. Getting down was a lot easier and only took me about 2 hours. Im probably an average or below average hiker.

Yall should also know, THE FIRST MILE is a B#*^H and probably the most difficult. After that there are short but difficult parts in the middle and end but nothing major, so dont get discouraged by that.

And right before you get to the lake youll need to go through a river that is about a foot and a half deep (at the deepest) to 3 inches (in the more shallow areas). For this i had to take off my shoes and cross barefoot.

Good luck yall!

Great Hike! Mostly up all the way but what great scenery along the way. I thought the hike well worth the burn.

Had an unsupervised night so the Mrs and I decided to shake out our packs before our TRT trip next week. We have started this trail at Davis creek many times, but never gone more than a mile or so. We were expecting more people on a friday night, but were pretty much alone the whole time. Two creek crossings a mile and a half in were fun, but around mile 3 there is a rock chute uphill that was quite the chess game wearing a 40# pack. Just past the intersection for Tahoe meadows we continued forward to a creek crossing which was longer and colder than expected, probably 30yds or so. The payoff was worth it, a nice little lake to ourself. Just off trail before the lake was a perfect campsite. cooked dinner near the firepit. Fishing was crap, but probably because I forgot bait! Lots of birds, one 3 point buck and a bullfrog were highlights.3:36 up, 2:30 down. Recommend flip flops and trekking poles for rocks and creeks

Nice little hike with amazing view of Washoe Lake. We saw wild horse as well.

We only made it partway up. The trail degrades into a washout for some time after the creek crossings. While some of the washout travel was dry, other times there is a small but slippery stream running down it. All in all it wasn't the greatest trail I've been on.

7-22-2017

I enjoy this hike. You have to take shoes and socks off to cross the creek if you don't want them to get wet to follow the trail.

Beautiful hike but very wet from all the snow melt, waterproof boots definitely came in handy. There's a big stream crossing at the boulder field that everyone should be careful crossing.The stream is running VERY strong and fast.

Nice long forest road/trail with views of Washoe lake, Slide Mountain, Virginia range, and Mt Rose. Nice steady gain in elevation and pristine litter free forest. Trail ends at Country Road 12. It has some wild flowers and wild life as well but the main attraction is several gorgeous vistas of Washoe lake and Valley. Only saw one other person the whole day.

Hiked from Ophir trail head to Rock lake. (see my recording, made it a loop) Very challenging route, mostly snow the last third of the way. The entire route is covered by medium density pines... there's enough shade and enough sun. The snow was firm and walk-able. However, be very careful near the lake. I fell through the snow twice up to my armpits, and my feet were not touching the ground, some very large drops. I took a right turn on the way back to follow a trail on the south side of Ophir creek, some of the best views on this side of Mt rose.

The second half of the trail is mostly snow covered. Other parts of the trail have literally tuned into streams. It was my very first Snow Hike (without snow shoes) and loved it.

Some suggestions if you want to make it to the top...

* Nearly impossible with a GPS. Second half of trail is no marked at all. I used Alltrails on my iPhone and it worked great. I lost the trail a few times, but was able to get back on track easily.

* Don't attempt the upper half without waterproof hiking boots. You have to cross streams and walk in shallow water ponds in parts.

* There is a major stream crossing at the bolder field.

On the way down, I recommend turning where I put the marker "trail sign". It follows the south rim of the canyon down and has stunning views of the valley. If you take this way, the trail is very clear.

At the bottom, DO NOT follow my trail over the spillway. I ended up in someones backyard. Continue not he trail through the gate and turn left on the black top. Continue walking north on the road until you see where my trail goes left off the road. If follows a very nice path along the canal back to the trail head. This detour from the sign post turn was my favorite part of the hike. See the photos.

Amazing views!

Beautiful hike!

backpacking
10 months ago

Hiked on 3/17-3/18 with the goal of overnighting at Rock Lake. We made it about 2 miles in until the trail was literally submerged in a snowmelt pond. Snow covered the rest of the trail from 5800' and above, so we decided to camp on the far side of the snowmelt pond along the canyon's edge overlooking Ophir Creek. An absolutely gorgeous hike with spectacular views, even if the majority of the trail is still inaccessible due to the snow.

hiking
Thursday, February 16, 2017

To start, we hiked this trail on accident. We meant to hike Ophir Creek Trail to Upper Price Lake. (Moderate) somehow in a excited haze hiking frenzy we ended up on the opposite approach, which is Ophir/Davis Creek Trail (Hard). We were in no condition to hit a hard trail, but we got it done.

The trail was solid (except the first 1/4 mile which is trail wide deep sand). To go along with our inadequate readiness for the trail we were unpleasantly surprised with immediately steep incline. Clear stable trails switched back and forth until we hit Ophir Creek itself. It was fairly easy to cross in early May with little threat of getting wet above your ankle should you fall.
The trail transitioned from, "huh this is steeper than we thought" to "What have we got ourselves into", about halfway out you hit a series of three +20%incline scrambling chutes without any viable detour. We were further tested beyond our readiness.
We packed enough water (3-4L) for what was supposed to be a warm up hike to a crystal clear mountain lake where we could filter and refill. At the turnoff for a .5mile downgrade to Rock Lake we were getting close to empty and we were sweating on the level of "we wasn’t ready".
We decided to descend.
It was late summer (Sept) and a trail review on another site was singing its praises. Rock "Lake" was reported with water in it a week before along with a well-developed camp site. Plans of descending and setting up camp were developing. Uh...no.

Spirits were not high…

We climbed back up to the trail, which, surprise, surprise was going….up…still.

The last portion of the trail was without any significant events other than our embarrassingly frequent stops to gulp low oxygen air and slog on and at the false summit you are greeted with a sandy softer incline into a sandy bowl bordered with interesting and somewhat cinematic rock outcroppings and some skyline views.

The final mile is actually moderately inclined (10-15%) fire trail that terminates at Upper Price Lake, which after a day of pain was a very welcome respite and made what was a pain-fest into a rewarding experience. The last 200 yards required some awkward scrambling through rough brush to avoid the 1-2ft deep 20ft wide creek head. (the creek bed was soft clean sand and you could take your shoes off and walk it, but we didn’t know that when we got there.

We spent the night comfortably under a giant pine attempting to catch fish and started late the next morning.

The way back down was knocked out in 2.5 hours and was a cool morning decent of ease and speed. Tie your shoes well to avoid blisters on the balls of your feet.

I would definitely recommend approach shoes if you got ‘em. I wore Asolo Fugitive GTXs and I should have worn my Arc’teryx Acrux2 FL’s.

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Brilliant views and great terrain. All fer it!

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