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Shannon Titus reviewed Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingFeeGreat!

Easy hike with a beautiful view! heavily trafficked! I am an early morning hiker and it is worth it. The drive up though is rough the biggest pot holes i have ever seen!

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HikingClosed

It was a nice, easy-going hike that wasn't obnoxiously busy on a weekend (August 16). It's currently closed due to fire, if that wasn't already obvious.

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chamille cyphers reviewed Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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there was far too many people, I get that people are bored and want to get out but with that many people clustered together during a pandemic was so not safe. I drove elsewhere to hike and explore. I cant help but wonder if the fires started because of the mass amounts of people down there. I would love to visit opal creek again when it is obviously, not so dangerous.

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Haley Kopicki reviewed Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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Currently CLOSED due to fire. :(

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 19, 2020
HikingBugs

Arrived early (8:00am) on Saturday 8/15/20. Parking was easy at this time. Road to trailhead is passable in summer with any vehicle. Potholes and gravel/dusty. Dirt road (~2miles) with slight incline up to footbridge off to the right to take you into Opal Creek Wilderness. Jawbone Flat is marked as closed except to those staying there to the footbridge is only option. Some sections of roots on trail to natural waterslide. Several spots and trails off the main trail to creek for beautiful views and/or swimming. Water is chilly Number of hikers was a lot coming in as we hiked out. Parking was packed as we got back to our truck. Cars parked along side of the road for at least 1/2 mile from trailhead so if you go on weekend, get there early.

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Kelly Padera reviewed Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingFeeGreat!

I adventured here on Sunday 8/16/20 and did a lot of things wrong and still had a beautiful time. First, I wizzed by the recreational pass/fee station which is about 20 mins drive away from the trailhead. Oops! ($5.00 cash or check, other park passes can be used). A lot of cars already had tickets on them. Second, I arrived so late that parking was backed up (11:30am). It was a fun trail though, plenty to see, the creek is gorgeous, clear, energetic, perfect for a picnic and a dip! Brave souls were out there swimming. Plenty of little nooks if you want solitude. Have fun!! PS the roads out there are gravel and have a lot of potholes so be gentle!

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meadow blue reviewed Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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yesterday, we went to elk horn valley to camp before going to opal Creek, we got to our camp site by 5-6, set up, ate food, and at about 830, a search and rescue team stopped by saying take everyone in the area was getting evacuated... never had this happen before.. what are the chances!? we had to pack up and leave, left around 9 pm. we wanted to call but went home because setting up camp in the dark is annoying.

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Erik Petersen reviewed Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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Karla Flores Martinez reviewed Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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Great hike- beautiful views with a few places to stop and have a picnic right by the water. There are also quite a few areas to stop for a quick dip, although the water is VERY cold! At this time Jawbone Flats is closed but normally it is a pretty cool sight. I would encourage folks to get there fairly early to get a good parking spot and not have to turn around and leave, you can pack some food and a blanket and hangout for the day! We got there around 10:30am and there was still some spots left. The road there is pretty rough, it’s a gravel road with huge potholes so I would not suggest taking a small car.

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HikingOff trailRocky

A wonderful hike! No signs posted to the most popular destinations so you have to know where you’re going. The trail keeps going past the last huge bridge and you can follow it up, keep going past the waterfall on the trail. You have to climb up, but the trail keeps going. We never actually went to opal pool (literally couldn’t find it, nobody on the trail had a clear answer on which one was actually opal pool), but we did see cascade de Los ninos which is off the trail to the right near the old mining equipment.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 11, 2020
Scenic drivingBugsFeeOff trailRocky

Getting there was a little scary on the dirt/rocky road in a crossover suv but it is possible. We pulled over multiple times for other vehicles to pass. $5 park pass will need to be purchased, which you can do just a few miles from the trail. First half of the trail is on the same terrain you drove on to get there and then you cross a bridge and head into the Forrest. There are no signs once you head into the Forrest so we almost kept going because we couldn’t find the most popular area everyone posts about. There are lots of areas to access the creek. At the end there is another bridge and area you can get in the water. About 15-20 minutes before that, you can access the slide and another area to swim. Trail is very populated. I was very surprised to see families with small children going all the way to the end. When we got back to the car, my watch tracked 9 miles total. The hike was very relaxing and the water was beautiful!

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Dario Frisone reviewed Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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Well, I couldn’t tell you how great or how terrible this trail is because there were so many people that parking was full and people were parked along the side of the road for about a mile away. It’s worth noting that the road in question leading to this trail is a mountain forest service road in terrible condition and only has just enough room for two normal size cars to drive on, so when one car is parked on the side of the road it turns the road into a single lane. This becomes a real problem when you have ten cars coming downhill and ten cars coming uphill at the same time - which is quite literally what happened to me. It’s not fun trying to coordinate the nine cars behind you to all reverse together far enough so that the people coming downhill can get by... it’s actually quite dangerous with the terrible condition that the road is in and given that it’s all happening right next to a cliff with what seems to be a 500+ foot drop. I also wouldn’t recommend taking a regular car up this road if you care about its suspension. Pictures of this place are pretty and I’m sure it’s nice but I probably won’t try again because there are plenty of nearby places that won’t possibly get me killed just driving to them.

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Jessica Ledet reviewed Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingBugsClosedFeeGreat!Washed out

Opal creek does not disappoint, the entire trail is gorgeous and there is so much to look at on your hike from old mining equipment to actually mines an ancient forest to enjoy to swimming holes and natural slides . The trail is kid friendly, we accomplished it with a 3 year old who had a blast the whole time . There was some confusion about the lay out of the trail with jaw bone flats closed right now it makes it and out and back trail . So to help here’s the featured spot in order : parking lot gate ,half bridges ,saw mill falls and old mining remnants, (cross roads )left to jaw bone (closed) right across the bridge to opal slide and opal pools. The trail to opal pools gets a little more cliffy and slightly more washed out but going slow I made it with a toddler on my back but totally worth it . Now at the pools is another bridge that will continue the loop to jaw bone flats and then loop you back to the cross roads and back to the parking lot gate . If you walk the out and back (not doing jaw bone flats ) it’s 9 miles a lot more then said in all trails but the trail is easy and so much to see and stop out you don’t really noticed .

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stephanie woolf reviewed Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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beautiful and fun to explore as well as a beautiful drive. short on parking. couple of different spots to swim. great spot

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 9, 2020
BackpackingBlowdownOver grownRocky

Tough hike but rewarding! Lots of down trees, thick brush, and some minor route finding when the trail vanishes under dead-fall coming down the Mother Lode trail. This one punches above it's weight and is more difficult than the numbers suggest. Just a note... I caught a freak, unseasonably wet August day when I started and it was pretty miserable. Definitely be prepared with heavy duty rain gear if there is any precip in the forecast. It's amazing how much water those Rhodis will shed on you when pushing through the thickets.

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Jake Reichardt reviewed Dome Rock Peak Trail [CLOSED]
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Nice steady incline on a mostly well-maintained trail. There are a few overgrown sections but it was easy to plow through these. It was a little cloudy today so the views were a bit obscured, but we still enjoyed ourselves. No bugs today! We were pleased to only pass three other hiking groups today.

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Srikanth Singareddy reviewed Opal Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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