Looking for a great trail in Opal Creek Wilderness, Oregon? AllTrails has 12 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 6 hard trails in Opal Creek Wilderness ranging from 4.5 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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over grown
snow
7 days ago

Attempted 12/2/19, this trail is a killer! This was my third attempt, and I still have never reached the end. The false summit is lovely and a great place to stop for a snack. The first mile or so is still clear of snow, just overgrown with vegetation. Patches of snow began at about 870m elevation per my spotX (after false summit), turning into larger patches at about 1063m, with the entire trail covered in a couple inches of snow shortly afterward. I eventually made it to snow that was calf-deep, slipped a few times as I was not prepared with spikes, and when I came across a section of unbroken trail with a pile of snow that looked like it wanted to slide right down the mountain, I turned around. I was practicing with a heavy overnight pack and didn’t trust that I could even tell where the trail was. No summit for me! Highly suggest: trekking poles, spikes for the snow, don’t take a heavy pack, and get an early start! It took me 3 hours to get just a little more than halfway to the real summit. Yes the gravel road up there sucks, it always does but it is way worse this year than I’ve ever seen it. Watch out for boulders!

hiking
15 days ago

Pot holes driving in, make sure you have a high clearance vehicle. The scenery was absolutely worth the hike!! Only down fall was the horrid disgusting bathroom at the parking area...

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Really easy and short hike to the waterfall. Really pretty, the old mining cave is a little creepy and there’s huge spiders all over the walls. Take a good flashlight if you plan on going inside of the cave and beware there are a LOT of potholes on the drive up so go slow.

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muddy
24 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Definitely one of the hardest hikes. This was a difficult hike because of the non stop incline, be sure to brink your hiking sticks they help a bunch. Also, I never lost phone service up there which kinda gave me a peace of mind , views at the summit are so mesmerizing and gorgeous, definitely worth it.

Hiked Oct 27: fee to park, bathrooms at TH, potholes on road going in are brutal. Steep incline and well-marked trail. Canopied Forest most of the way but epic views at the top if it’s clear. Long, long, long!

hiking
1 month ago

i got 10.32 miles on this today, started at 630 am and was alone the entire time till i finished my decent. absolutely beautiful, been up here 6 times now and will be again for sure, i highly recommend but can be pretty brutal depending on your physical condition

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail on November 3, 2020. The 3000 foot elevation had always deterred me from trying this before, but the incline was spread out throughout the entire hike which was a little over 10 miles. The very last part felt pretty steep but once you get to the top and see the spectacular views, it’s all worth it. The trail is in great shape. This would be a great hike to do in the middle of summer when it’s warm because there’s lots of shade. It took us a little over four hours of moving time and we spent about 30 minutes up at the top.

Less steep, sometimes trail can be rough.

hiking
1 month ago

pretty easy trail, with lots of mushrooms along the way. The potholes in the gravel access road can be a bit if a pain. There is a small bridge on the access road that has some good views of flowing water. We arrived at the falls around noon and we were seeing a very cool rainbow effect. Enjoyed this short hike alot.

Great hike with great sites. The drive to the parking area was full of massive potholes- not the greatest if you have a small car/low to the ground vehicle Other than that- beautiful day for a hike

hiking
1 month ago

been several times. there’s a lot of different things to see. summer is nice to swim in certain locations

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout! We’re avid hikers and marathon runners - we found this hike to be tough only because there’s no breaks. You’re essentially going straight up the entire time. The full hike is 10 miles (out and back) and took us about 6 hours. We did stop with our dogs pretty frequently to take photos and also spent a while at the top. This is very doable with dogs but be aware, there is no water after the first half mile - at least in October there wasn’t. The trail itself is pretty well maintained but would suggest hiking boots anyways. The summit was covered in fog, but the fall colors made up for it. Seriously, the views about halfway up of Detroit Lake were breathtaking!

Views, crystal waters, mining history, hydro energy info, waterfalls in an ancient forest...one of my favorite hikes

hiking
1 month ago

Fun fall hike today. Great trail and views. Foggy up top so not much to see except the clouds racing by. I hiked as fast as I could- but also stopped to take in the fall colors and snap photos. It took me 2 hours to summit and then I jogged down in about 1 hour 15 minutes. I’d like to do it again on a clear day and also have time to go to the lake further down the trail. I’ll definitely do this one again. Trail was soft and fun to hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Holy moly that's some blue water! BEAUTIFUL falls and pools! This is a delayed review, went about a month ago. Wow it's stunning but damn it's busy! Would love to come on a day with less people on the trail. The trail was in great condition and I enjoyed all the extra trails going to the waters edge. Also, as many have said, the gravel portion of the road going to the trail is a mess! But we made it in a Toyota Corolla, just expect that very short distance to take way longer than you think. Worth the trip!

Henline canyoneering

The trail side was accurately listed as moderate, with some stretches above a ravine that were steep, narrow, and covered by rocks and roots, but the road side was easy. Beautiful hike and the colors of the Little North Santiam were spectacular. My hiking app clocked it at more like 7.7 miles.

Great Fall hike! The colors were perfect, in fact my recording got interrupted many times due to the need for picture taking

hiking
2 months ago

Completed 10/6/19. A challenging but gorgeous hike! Trailhead starts right off of highway 22, no off-roading to get to trailhead! Was well maintained and pretty easy to follow. Only thing to be aware of, app states a little over 8 miles round trip and I used a tracking app and we finished with 10.7 round trip. So plan accordingly with time! We got stuck in the dark for the last few miles because we didn’t know it would be an extra 2.5 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

A great walk with my pup! We enjoyed the whole thing. Went mid day, in the week, saw only a few people. Pup had a ton of fun too

hiking
fee
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

What a fun and challenging trail for a backcountry camp out! I started Whetstone Mountain Trail from the Opal Creek Trailhead Gate, and I chose to do the clockwise route which it had its benefits and minuses. The benefit was that I got the hard vert climb out of the way, but the minus was no water sources and the lack of already established campsites along the way were nonexistent expected for one that I found on the ridge about 4 miles from Opal Gate. The benefit was a beautiful sunset at night and sunrise in the morning. I will give a heads up to anyone heading out this time of year, it hit low 40's overnight - be prepared! The morning hike out was amazing with steam rising from the frozen ground and the view from Whetstone Mountain Top! It was about another 5 miles down a sloping trail back to about 2,000 feet where I came across the Opal Creek water crossing and another established campsite. The walk back to the carpark was beautiful and cruisie with Opal Creek on one side and funky little caves besides the trail. Plus, there was the fun unexpected surprise of passing through Jawbone Flats Education Center which is an old mining ghost town that has been established as an educational center of Opal Creek Wilderness and they are working on establishing a self sufficient town and the benefits of solar energy, renewable resources and recycling. Super Cool! The hike back was beautiful and refreshing!

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