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Best trails in Opal Creek Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Opal Creek Wilderness, Oregon? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 8 hard trails in Opal Creek Wilderness ranging from 6.5 to 33.6 miles and from 1,591 to 5,479 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
Opal Creek Wilderness
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
NOTE: Due to the start of Beachie fire, on August 17, 2020, the government is asking you to stay off the access roads in the Opal Creek Wilderness, thus leaving more room for the firefighters. Multiple trails, recreation and campsites are closed this includes Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trailhead. As of July 2020, users have reported that near the end of route shown on this page, there is a trail closure. The Opal Creek Trail closes roughly a mile short of the end, so hikers must switch to the Kopetski Trail on the south side of the river. Please check with the park for more information and updates. Beginning at the Opal Creek Trailhead, this hike is on a gravel road through an old-growth forest of cedar trees. This trail takes you over a high bridge to the opal pool and you can loop around and go back through Jawbone Flats which is a fun little historic town to see. It is a great walk along an old road and an opportunity to explore an old mining operation abandoned over a century ago in this ancient forest. There are several little trail junctions that veer off the main trail that lead to swimming holes. Along the way you can also see Slide Falls and Sawmill Falls. This is a popular trail so do not expect to have the entire place to yourself. Camping and parking are regulated due to the popularity of the site.Show more
#2 - Opal Creek to Jawbone Flats Loop [CLOSED]
Opal Creek Wilderness
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
NOTE: Due to the start of Beachie fire, on August 17, 2020, the government is asking you to stay off the access roads in the Opal Creek Wilderness, thus leaving more room for the firefighters. Multiple trails, recreation and campsites are closed this includes Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trailhead. A 4x4 with high clearance is recommended to reach this trailhead.Show more
#3 - Henline Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Opal Creek Wilderness
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 54 m
NOTE: Due to the start of Beachie fire, on August 17, 2020, the government is asking you to stay off the access roads in the Opal Creek Wilderness, thus leaving more room for the firefighters. Multiple trails, recreation and campsites are closed this includes Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trailhead. Easy hike through Douglas Fir and Hemlock to Henline Falls and remnants of old mining from the 1930's. The trail meanders through young Douglas-fir and Western Hemlock forest. The trail ends at Henline Falls. Here you will find remnants of old mining from the 1930's. A mine adit was built into the solid rock wall and goes back in about 1500 feet. To the right of Henline Falls there is an old mine shaft. At some point a steel gate was installed and at a later point a small section was cut out of the gate allowing access. If you are looking for a more challenging venture recommend the 'Ogle Mountain Trail' which is before you arrive at the actual falls and forks to the right and up. It will lead you to the top of the waterfall and onto many other falls. Show more
#4 - Henline Mountain Trail [CLOSED]
Opal Creek Wilderness
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 4 h 32 m
NOTE: Due to the start of Beachie fire, on August 17, 2020, the government is asking you to stay off the access roads in the Opal Creek Wilderness, thus leaving more room for the firefighters. Multiple trails, recreation and campsites are closed this includes Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trailhead. Stellar hike. Radical views. Plenty of places to hop off the trail for a break and a view. You gain about 1,000 feet per mile so having space to take breaks was a bonus. There may not be any snow up until the last .5 miles or so, even then it was only patchy. There is some overgrowth but nothing that really gets in your way. Points along the trail do get rocky so good shoes are recommended (trail runners with thick soles or rock plates are fine). There are only a couple places where you may have to go off trail, but neither will require you to go more than 10 feet. Once you reach the halfway point there is a "Y" in the trail - the left leads you to the real summit and the right leads you to the false summit.Show more
#5 - Dome Rock Peak Trail [CLOSED]
Opal Creek Wilderness
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 5 h 51 m
NOTE: Due to the start of Beachie fire, on August 17, 2020, the government is asking you to stay off the access roads in the Opal Creek Wilderness, thus leaving more room for the firefighters. Multiple trails, recreation and campsites are closed this includes Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trailhead. This is an awesome trail to the top of a mountain, with 360 degree views. Tumble Lake, Detroit Lake, and Mount Jefferson can all be viewed from the top. There are tons of wildflowers at the summit. To shorten this hike, drive to the Tumble Lake trailhead and hike it from there. This will shorten the hike to around 3 miles.Show more
#6 - Opal Creek to Cedar Flats [CLOSED]
Opal Creek Wilderness
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
NOTE: Due to the start of Beachie fire, on August 17, 2020, the government is asking you to stay off the access roads in the Opal Creek Wilderness, thus leaving more room for the firefighters. Multiple trails, recreation and campsites are closed this includes Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trailhead.Show more
#7 - Elk Lake to Twin Lakes [CLOSED]
Opal Creek Wilderness
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 57 m
NOTE: Due to the start of Beachie fire, on August 17, 2020, the government is asking you to stay off the access roads in the Opal Creek Wilderness, thus leaving more room for the firefighters. Multiple trails, recreation and campsites are closed this includes Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trailhead.Show more
#8 - Whetstone Peak to Opal Creek Loop [CLOSED]
Opal Creek Wilderness
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Length: 15.5 mi • Est. 8 h 15 m
NOTE: Due to the start of Beachie fire, on August 17, 2020, the government is asking you to stay off the access roads in the Opal Creek Wilderness, thus leaving more room for the firefighters. Multiple trails, recreation and campsites are closed this includes Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trailhead.Show more
#9 - Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trail [CLOSED]
Opal Creek Wilderness
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Length: 23.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
NOTE: Due to the start of Beachie fire, on August 17, 2020, the government is asking you to stay off the access roads in the Opal Creek Wilderness, thus leaving more room for the firefighters. Multiple trails, recreation and campsites are closed this includes Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trailhead.Show more
#10 - Mount Beachie via French Creek Ridge Trail [CLOSED]
Opal Creek Wilderness
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
NOTE: Due to the start of Beachie fire, on August 17, 2020, the government is asking you to stay off the access roads in the Opal Creek Wilderness, thus leaving more room for the firefighters. Multiple trails, recreation and campsites are closed this includes Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trailhead.Show more
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