Ophir / Davis Creek Trail

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Ophir / Davis Creek Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Washoe Valley, Nevada that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.2 miles
2,276 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running



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.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike and with the snow gives a Narnia vibe in the desert.

2 months ago

Beautiful fall hike, lots of golden leaves, few hikers. Definitely one to do again!

horseback riding
2 months ago

Wow! Fabulous trail ride. A lot of DG and does technical with the large boulders. We are not able to get to Rock Lake. Boulders made it impossible to pass safely with our horses.
My horse did fine without shoes.
Narrow at points with steep drop offs lasting short distances. First time taking my young mare on a more technical ride, she did fine. There is quite a bit of elevation hike, but we stopped and tested as needed. Quite a few hikers, not bad. Parking adequate.

4 months ago


Great trail, little bit of a challenge since it's a near constant uphill, but it was fun. The views of Slide Mountain are really great, the hiker in front of me saw several bears; a Mom and her Cubs. I later found a still drenched chewed up baseball cap on the trail were the bears were seen at, so definitely keep alert. Not a beginners hike, but if you're physically active you'll be fine.

5 months ago

If you stay on the main trail this is not HARD. Trail is smooth with cool rock formations. I took the BP side trail up to upper price lake.
Don't take this route unless you're advanced. The trail faded in and out, unless you got your leg's, head, topographic mapping @ peak you can get more than hurt. Lots of bear sign, one section just after multiple bear sign dangerous fall left and right. Main trail is the safest bet.

5 months ago

Beautiful! Good mix of shade and sun. Didn’t see anyone else on the trail at all.

6 months ago

I LOVE this hike. The views are incredible, the air is clean, traffic light, perfect balance of sun & shade, climbs & walks; it's just exhilarating!
Bonus: lots of geocaches on & off the trails! =]

6 months ago

6-22-18: The hike was beautiful with a lot of inclines. We ran into a bear using the trail on the way down. It, thankfully, ran away. Would hike again with bear mace.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail, start early-this trail is heavily trafficked after 1000. The creek has a couple log water crossings at 1.7 miles. Our well trained pup was off leash most of the hike-we only leashed him a couple times when passing other dog owners on the way down.

7 months ago

Hiked up to Upper Price Lake. The trail although not well marked is easy to follow at this time of year. You will cross the creek several times and even go up through it for about 10 minutes. The last crossing just before the lake requires wading in knee-deep water for about 60 feet. Bring your sandals! At the lake we had lunch and on the way down we took a detour to Rock Lake adding maybe 1.5 miles to the itinerary for the out and return. It was well worth it and the lake with its red colored rocks and water lilies was breathtaking. The hike down was straightforward. All in all we spent close to seven hours, but it was well worth it.

Monday, October 23, 2017

First time hiking here. Does need to be marked a little better. Third time hiking overall. I got lost.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The hike was actually 10.36 miles but it was great. Scenic. Not well marked.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


I enjoy this hike. You have to take shoes and socks off to cross the creek if you don't want them to get wet to follow the trail.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beautiful hike but very wet from all the snow melt, waterproof boots definitely came in handy. There's a big stream crossing at the boulder field that everyone should be careful crossing.The stream is running VERY strong and fast.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Amazing views!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Beautiful hike!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

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.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Brilliant views and great terrain. All fer it!

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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, 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!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I did the hike up to Rock Lake it was great. You cross a Creek and past that it gets more difficult(rocky) well worth it!

Friday, October 23, 2015

These reviews all stated going to rock lake which is all huge boulders. If you continue north west you will get to Price lake at the bottom of the slide on slide mountain. This is a beautiful lake with a rocks in hog wire dam on the outlet. The dam was placed there after the last land slide occurred.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Just hiked this today. Went up to Rock Lake, which is not a lake but huge orange boulders everywhere...quite interesting...about 4.5 mi there but very steep, rocky areas most of the way. Noticed a lot of bear poop so decided not to go any higher.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Hiked into Rock Lake from the Davis Creek Park trailhead. The first 3/4 mile climbs up Davis Creek to a little pass over to Ophir Creek. After another 3/4 of a mile and just before the boulder field at the Ophir Creek Crossing, the trail forks. The fork to the left is the Ophir Creek Trail. (I think the right hand fork goes to an old trail to Rock Lake.) After crossing Ophir Creek, the trail heads back downstream, but then goes around a ridge and starts heading upstream again. There is an Ophir Creek trail sign where a private road meets the trail. The trail follows some rock trenches at three different spots; watch your step. The Rock Creek Trail junction is 3.3 miles in (1.7 from the crossing.) It's about a half mile in to the little basin where the lake is situated.
A bit of an update...Rick Hackman, Bill Vance and I followed the above mentioned right hand fork at the crossing. It is the old trail to Rock Lake; steep and a bit hard to follow in places, but it gets you there (3/25/14.)

trail running
Sunday, October 06, 2013

This is one tough trail to run! Steep incline, elevation, and relentless climbing. I only did 10 mi in over two hours but I'm a flatlander. I would love to return and go all the way to TRT which I believe is 14-16 round trip with great scenery.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Just hiked this one today, with the wife and our 7 y/o daughter. She's real tough and hung in on the trail up to the waterfalls (by way of opting for the north side of the creek). I would not recommend it for most other young children, though. Lots of bush-whacking if going on the north side (just under the foot of Slide Mtn.). Please help out and put up some ducks as you pass through the trail, as many are missing. Great wildflowers this time of year, though...especially the Indian Paintbrush in a whole variety of brilliant reds and oranges. FYI: we chose this particular path in order to train for the Ruby Mtns. and Wheeler Peak in Elko and Ely (our upcoming vacation), but would not mind hiking it many more times in the future.

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