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 7 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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snow
2 days ago

Made it up 2.5 miles and had to turn back due to losing trail. Avalanche came through. Also, trees falling like crazy. 2 around me while hiking. Hiked the first mile without snowshoes, and was forced to put them on the remainder. Friend of mine without them was miserable.

Snow was melting a bit and we were concerned about falling trees. Had to turn around because we lost the trail.

Beautiful hike. If you're not up for the entire hike, or need quicker hike, you can drive national forest road to a trailhead that puts you a few miles from the top. Gorgeous views

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snow
8 days ago

Pup and I ran up to the top, it’s slippery but manageable. A few inches of snow at the top, and judging by the tracks not many make it past the false summit. On the way down we veered off the trail to visit a couple of the viewpoints, some of these were better than the view at the top which was a little obscured with clouds. Took over two hours to run up to the top and then run to the Falls a half mile down the road. They make for a great combo and in the winter give you both snowy mountain and waterfall views. Parking lot at the Falls was packed. Can’t wait to try this again over the summer.

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rocky
snow
16 days ago

Love this hike! Beautiful views, everything covered in snow - just a winter wonderland. Made it just over 2 miles up before I was stopped by several inches of snow and a cold old dog that had enough. Definitely want water proof and warm gear if hiking this trail in the winter!

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muddy
snow
16 days ago

Bring a rain jacket! The snow is melting from the trees and you can get quite wet. I found out trekking poles and gaiters would have been nice near the peak. Snow was knew high in spots close to the top but the view was fantastic! Couldn't have asked for a much better day in January to go for a hike! Spikes weren't necessary but it can be a little slippery in the snow slop. My GPS put me at 9.9 miles instead of 8 something. Happy Trails!

hiking
18 days ago

Great, easy hike and once you get to the end, it’s beautiful! Also if you climb up to the right of the water fall, there is a cave/mine shaft. Wanted to explore further inside but unfortunately it’s closed off.... only con is the ridiculous pot holes in the road that leads to the parking spot! Drive slow and hope your vehicle doesn’t fall in!!!

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muddy
snow
22 days ago

12/29/19: This is a gem of a trail for a few reasons. There are several views of both sides of the ridge on the way up. Nice and green in the first 2.5 miles then patches of slippery snow from 3300ft and up. The last 0.5 miles was quite tricky with a few inches of snow and the path is rocky. Awesome views. Love that it’s right off the highway, there were several other hikers out today. I ran up in 1.25 hours and back down a little faster.

It was a nice short hike with our 5 & 9 year old kids. Beautiful waterfall that you get to hike to the bottom of. The last stretch was a bit narrow. The gravel road getting to the parking area had some big, deep holes and was an adventure to drive on. The parking itself had spots for 2 cars only and there were signs all around saying do not park on the side of the road. We didn't drive further to see if there were more parking spots past the trailhead.

hiking
27 days ago

Easy trail with a really good waterfall at the end. No issues other than what everyone else has posted regarding the state of the gravel road - it’s in bad shape.

on Opal Creek Trail

rocky
1 month ago

Had to turn around five miles before the trailhead due to horrible road conditions, potholes were everywhere and too deep for my Toyota Camry. Couldn't say if the trail was still open as there is no information indicating closure on the national parks website, and we didn't make it that far.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall and short, easy hike. The last mile of the road is full of some pretty large potholes. I got through it in a 94 camry going very slowly and carefully, but if you have a subaru or higher clearance vehicle, it would probably make you less nervous to use that.

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over grown
snow
1 month 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
1 month 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...

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over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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rocky
scramble
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

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