Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Opal Creek Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend... we arrived by 8am and had a great hike. Went via the road to Jawbone Flats then returned via the loop by Opal Pool (which is a more difficult and smaller trail, but lovely views). By the time we got back to the roadway on the return, it was a super-highway of people! We counted 132 cars when we left. It took us about 4 hours, leisurely pace, 6.5 miles.

So beautiful! The creek is stunning with several falls, pools, and the hike is varied with interesting things along the way, such as rusty train cars, Jawbone flats.
Don’t buy a Marion County Parks parking pass (I didn’t know so paid for one as soon as I turned onto N Fork Road)- you just need the NW Forest Pass or pay at the trailhead.
Footing is more technical and slower once you get on the Kopetski trail.
Allow about 4-5 hours round trip including breaks by the numerous pools.

hiking
23 hours ago

It was a blast!!!! Ok

1 day ago

Large snow patches at 3.5 miles in.

I love this hike. This is my third time doing it and I swear the water gets bluer each time. Smile on my face the whole time. A must do for sure!

backpacking
4 days ago

Awesome hike. SO difficult (for me) but absolutely worth it. Once you reach the look out point up top you have an incredible view of the surrounding mountains (whetstone, battle axe, etc.) and can see Mt. Jefferson looming in the distance. You can also see the valley down below to your right. A truly beautiful, challenging, entertaining hike. The only downside was we were unable to find any water once we started the hike. We had our filtration system but couldn’t use it. Supposedly if we’d continued just a bit further there may have been a creek, but we’re not sure if it would have been dry because of heat. Overall, great experience! I definitely recommend.

hiking
6 days ago

This was a beautiful and easy hiking trip with the littles. The 3 year old started to tire out on the way back but the trail was easy enough to carry him the rest of the way.

Great diverse trail from Opal Creek trailhead to Cedar Flats. This trail is an out and back hike with a total closer to 13.5-not 9.3. Be prepared to climb over logs and hike both road and single track. Jaw Bone Flats is a quirky little must see, as well as, Opal Pool.
I wouldn’t recommend for first time hikers or children under 10, unless they are well versed in hiking.

Super easy hike. And beautiful.

The water was so beautiful. The hike was pretty easy, even with three kids. The crowds of people were definitely a turn off, though. I’d go again, but very early in the morning.

Great hike. Steep in some areas with serious falling hazards. Don’t go if you aren’t ready to work out hard. Don’t go if you have a fear of heights. Also note that forest service actually did maintenance on the road out to Henline. Still gravel and a bit bumpy but vast improvement.

Why no paste. I’m not typing it again. Accidentally put on different page. You let me copy/cut on old review but no paste on the new one. Bs fix your app, this is dumb!
Great hike....

A bit of snow on the trail, but easy to get to the top.

Short but pretty hike. A little dangerous at the end if you bring little ones. Keep a tight grip as you approach the falls.

its very doable until you get half a mile from the top. at that point its about knee deep in snow.

hiking
1 month ago

definitely a cool trail. not overly long, so if you have kids with you it is very doable . the road there is not good, lots of large potholes and it will hurt your shocks. I recommend 4x4 vehicle, though if you do not have one, it's not the end of the world.

hiking
1 month ago

Snow about 2 miles in or so. Past the meadow it got very deep and I was postholing my entire leg. Snow soft due to heat. I'd recommend getting there early for snow crossings. Snow shoes seemed useful. Microspikes helped until snow got deep. Might attempt again soon and just start in very early AM. Beautiful. Even if you don't make it, a great hike with beautiful views of Detroit Lake. I hiked 4/22/18.

Absolutely stunning hike. Although the 6.6 miles is not entirely accurate , from the start of the trailhead to the finish it's over 8. But the hike is stunning all the way to the falls which are indescribable. The drive that's unpaved though is TERRIBLE ( full of potholes) so be prepared with a good vehicle!

Hiked this one few weeks back but couldn’t reach the top because of snow. Tried it again today but turned back at about 1400’ because the snow got to be too much still. Great trail and if you like to get some elevation and exercise.

Super easy trail, hiked it after doing the majority of henline mountain trail but had to turn back because of snow. The fall is totally worth seeing. A few people there today but not a crowded mess.

Mostly very beautiful and pleasant experience. Awesome waterfall worth the hike. The road to the trail head is full of potholes, and parts of it just gravel. The trail is not toddler friendly close to the waterfall. Took 2 hours with two toddlers.

Made it almost to the top but the snow was too deep and the trail was lost. Great hike only a couple of people on the trail. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because not many views but it could be different at the top. But a great work out

walking
2 months ago

I took my dogs out here to get away for a little bit. I loved this hike. It was short and had a rewarding ending. The water fall and water in general were beautiful. There’s also a little cave there that you can explore.

The water and waterfalls are beautiful!

Love this hike. About 6 inches of snow throughout the trail. Great spot!

Easy hike with a nice waterfall at the end. Also a little cave nearby you can venture in a bit. Nice easy hike, would be great for kids and dogs.

Great short Hike!

Did this trail last summer. Great for beginners, since it's fairly flat. Definitely a popular trail though, lots of people, kids, dogs, groups playing music, ect.
The old mine town is very cool and the waterfalls and pools are so beautiful, that it was well worth the crowds.

Beautiful trail in west central Oregon. There are waterfalls along the hike, plus an old mine and mining town toward the end of the loop. Highly recommend.

This is one I enjoy several times a year. I cannot seem to get enough of the opal creek ancient forest. I consider myself a keeper of the forest and I am always amazed at the beauty of this hike and the surroundings. Respect the forest and leave no trace.

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