Looking for a great trail in Opal Creek Wilderness, Oregon? AllTrails has 9 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 5 hard trails in Opal Creek Wilderness ranging from 4.5 to 29.6 miles and from 1,591 to 4,895 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The last two miles of road to get to the trailhead are ROUGH once you get off-pavement. We took my friends HR-V and it still wasn’t great. Would def recommend a truck or large SUV with good suspension to get there. Don’t forget to bring a $5 bill for the fee! You drive through a couple cute towns to get there and the scenery is amazing. We hiked the whole trail on a Sunday in early June. The water was crystal clear but cold. Definitely, without a doubt, the most scenic hike I have ever done. Incredible. Highly recommend.

hiking
13 days ago

Yes the drive to the trailhead is horrible! I was able to get there in a Jetta but would've felt more comfortable in a truck. But I would come back again in any vehicle. There are so many things to see, from the waterfalls, to the gorgeous water, huge trees, and remnants of mining in the area. Kopetski trail has more elevation change and is single track on a cliff so if you don't want that, just take the gravel road to and back but I found it more fun to change things up. I just can't get over how gorgeous this place was. And if you want a break from the bumpy drive, stop by Henline Falls.

trail running
13 days ago

Classic photogenic Oregon trail! Gets a fair amount of people. Gravel road going will slow you down getting in. The trail was actually a lollipop with the main road getting you to the front of the town called Jawbone flats in the middle of the forest, and the other part of the lollipop, being a more single track type trail that comes into the back of the town. There are a few side trails to check out the creek or various mining equipment. Not a technical trail. Slight incline. All-in-all, good.

Awesome trail, lots of activities along the way. Slide rock, places to go in the beautiful water, and finally Opal Pool. Awesome hike and all the mining equipment and Jawbone Flats makes it all worth it. Do it.

hiking
16 days ago

Easy trail as long as you can brave the treacherous drive up the mountain. You can stay on the gravel toward the education center or cross the bridge at the fork for a more moderate hike. Neat mountain town that's a glimpse into the past and beautiful blue water.

The trail was difficult but enjoyable. It took us longer than they norm but we finished!

hiking
18 days ago

This trail should definitely be rated as hard. Lots of thick brush and times the trail disappears. Not much room for error. We started at Bagby Hot Springs and stopped about a mile and a half in and camped, luckily it was before we got the freak thunderstorm on the 26th of June 2019 Lots of downed trees to climb over and many creeks. Bring extra shoes/boots. Great views worth the hike. Will post some pics.

Trail itself is well maintained. Easy hike to beautiful Henline Falls. Be careful on the road to the trail head. Lots of potholes.

This was beautiful hike. It is a strenuous hike up to an amazing peak. The trail is a well marked narrow path through forests and small meadows. Based on the previous review, I attached my bear bell to my day pack and brought spray and my big dog. We heard a bear (?) crash down the hill next to us. There were no bugs until the top of the mountain. AllTrails is off on the mileage listed on this page. My Fitbit calculated 11.04 miles, and AllTrails recorded 10.4 miles. It took me just shy of 5 hours to hike the trail.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful and tranquil hike in a lush green forest setting. The trail appears to be a old road that has almost been taken back by nature which creates a very easy stroll to the falls. We must have gotten lucky because we only came across three other people, very peaceful.

Loved it Beautiful:)

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked 6.23.19. Strenuous hike with rewarding 360 degree views. Took a little over 3 hours to reach the top, but I had the summit all to myself! Agree with other posts, more like ~11 miles round-trip from the parking lot on route 22. No bugs noted today, although I did apply bug spray prior to hiking. Also, did see a black bear about 0.5 miles from the summit at an uncomfortably close distance. I’m not sure who was more surprised/frightened, me or the bear! Fortunately, it scampered off upon seeing me. Due to the bear activity, I would recommend traveling in a group, or if hiking solo, take a bear bell/spray. Happy trails!!

hiking
24 days ago

This is a awesome place the only reason for the 4 star is the gravel road that is about a 5 mile stretch is pretty bad unless you have a suv or pickup truck. The whole road needs regraded and new gravel. Go really slow or your vehicle may pay the price. Other than that the absolute beauty that is back there is truly amazing. I will go back just bring a truck.

hiking
24 days ago

Great for kids. Fun little things to see along the way. Old mining equipment. Swimming areas all along the hike. Parking is crowded, 2 miles on gravel road to trailhead is rough.

hiking
rocky
24 days ago

Super beautiful views - felt like we were on the top of the world. But holy moly... 2.8 miles uphill was killer. Trail gets pretty rocky at certain points but the path was always clear. Definitely longer than 4.7 miles or whatever the app says. Well worth it though!

The five miles of gravel road leading to the trailhead are super bumpy and slow going. The hike was nice, not too difficult but a little crowded and I wouldn’t probably do it again (mostly because of the terrible conditions of the gravel road) but I’m glad I went at least once.

backpacking
27 days ago

Pretty easy hike for an overnight back packing trip. The gravel road getting there is rather riddled with potholes so bring your SUV. Plenty of camping spots some just off the road and some off the Kopetski trail. Pictures don't do the water justice. It's gorgeous! Would recommend it for first timers as well. I gave 4 stars due to the road.

muddy
rocky
27 days ago

Great hike

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hiking and easy

hiking
1 month ago

easy hike. lots of traffic.horrible road for the car (potholes)

hiking
1 month ago

Maintained wonderfully. great views and swimming holes.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike. The elevation gain is steady, but it isn’t treacherous as the trail undulates and sometimes gives you a break. Plus it is short. 2.7 mi to the lookout. There are rocky sections in which you have to navigate ankle turning stones so wear good boots. Go early to avoid the heat. I had the trail to myself on a Saturday in June but it was filling up as I returned to my car. BTW, I hiked this in middle June, and the forest was blooming with rhododendron and bear grass. At times it felt like a fairyland! I went the extra mile and back to the true summit. Pretty wildflowers and some cool views but the trail is thin, less frequented, overgrown, and at times tough to navigate. Slightly better view of Jefferson but the real view of the old Cascades is at the lookout. If you love venturing where most don’t go and can’t get enough of the trail, the true summit is worth it too. Road to trailhead not good, but cars were navigating it fine. Just go slow with the potholes.

The map is inaccurate and will send you out in the middle of nowhere on roads that arent even actually there

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike if you are looking for a swim. Lots of good swimming wholes and there is great cliff jumping in the canyon at the end of the hike. The only complaint is that there are lots of people. If this is an issue hike in the early morning or at about 5:00 pm

hiking
1 month ago

Short and pretty trail to scenic falls. Good for kids and picnics.

hiking
1 month ago

Be prepared to head up to the top and you won’t be disappointed. Just over 3 miles and there is a great lookout and then you can continue up the ridge to the peak for another mile or so. The wife and I packed a lunch, and had plenty of water - it’s definitely uphill with several switchbacks but very rewarding at the top. Road is a bit rough heading to the trailhead but nothing impassable.

hiking
1 month ago

As a photographer this trail was lots of fun with all the old train parts. I spent so much time taking photos of those that I forgot to get any water photos. It’s an extremely easy hike and next time I’m going back for the water! Great trail for little kids as well.

This trail was amazing. Probably one of the most scenic hikes I’ve ever done. It took me and my friend almost 4 hours to complete, maybe a little more. Took us a little over 2 hours to get there. The dirt road to get to the trailhead is VERY bumpy and full of holes. So you really have to go slow. This hike is worth the trip. The trail runs along and crosses over the Opal Creek that is so CLEAR you can see straight to the bottom the whole time. Go!

hiking
1 month ago

Fabulous solitude on a challenging but rewarding hike. Only saw five people on my overnight backpacking trek. From TH to Opal Pool (via dirt trail) was simple, although the rock-road trail through Jawbone Flats to Opal Pool is super easy. From Opal Pool to Cedar Flats was tougher than I expected based on some slides and steep terrain to cross a waterfall. It was totally worth it!

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