Ophir / Davis Creek Trail

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Ophir / Davis Creek Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Washoe Valley, Nevada and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2463 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

Directions from Crystal Bay: Take Highway 431 north to the west end of Tahoe Meadows. This will lead you to the Ophir section of the trail. Alternatively you can travel along Highway 395 to the Davis Creek regional Park.

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6 days ago

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26 days ago

Hiked from Ophir trail head to Rock lake. (see my recording, made it a loop) Very challenging route, mostly snow the last third of the way. The entire route is covered by medium density pines... there's enough shade and enough sun. The snow was firm and walk-able. However, be very careful near the lake. I fell through the snow twice up to my armpits, and my feet were not touching the ground, some very large drops. I took a right turn on the way back to follow a trail on the south side of Ophir creek, some of the best views on this side of Mt rose.

The second half of the trail is mostly snow covered. Other parts of the trail have literally tuned into streams. It was my very first Snow Hike (without snow shoes) and loved it.

Some suggestions if you want to make it to the top...

* Nearly impossible with a GPS. Second half of trail is no marked at all. I used Alltrails on my iPhone and it worked great. I lost the trail a few times, but was able to get back on track easily.

* Don't attempt the upper half without waterproof hiking boots. You have to cross streams and walk in shallow water ponds in parts.

* There is a major stream crossing at the bolder field.

On the way down, I recommend turning where I put the marker "trail sign". It follows the south rim of the canyon down and has stunning views of the valley. If you take this way, the trail is very clear.

At the bottom, DO NOT follow my trail over the spillway. I ended up in someones backyard. Continue not he trail through the gate and turn left on the black top. Continue walking north on the road until you see where my trail goes left off the road. If follows a very nice path along the canal back to the trail head. This detour from the sign post turn was my favorite part of the hike. See the photos.

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful hike!

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked on 3/17-3/18 with the goal of overnighting at Rock Lake. We made it about 2 miles in until the trail was literally submerged in a snowmelt pond. Snow covered the rest of the trail from 5800' and above, so we decided to camp on the far side of the snowmelt pond along the canyon's edge overlooking Ophir Creek. An absolutely gorgeous hike with spectacular views, even if the majority of the trail is still inaccessible due to the snow.

hiking
4 months ago

Brilliant views and great terrain. All fer it!

backpacking
6 months ago

Great trail. Was nice to hike along a clear path and camp on a bed of pine needles. Multiple sites for camping along the trail. No permit required other than a fire permit. Hiked to Rock Lake but didn't find anywhere to set up camp, but it was worth a look.

8 months ago

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10 months ago

We didn't go all the way but the part we did do was fun and scenic!I love this hike

hiking
10 months ago

Very scenic and more difficult than anticipated. The creek crossing was nice. Sat there barefoot for a while in the fresh water. Overall, the hike was well worth the long trip up the mountain.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hiked to Rock Lake...pleasantly surprised at the water as I read one review that it was dry. Raced the weather down. Ophir Creek crossing a little wet!