Rock Lake via Ophir Trail

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Rock Lake via Ophir Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Washoe Valley, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.4 miles
1889 feet

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Beautiful rigorous day hike in the Eastern Sierra of Reno/Washoe valley area. Trail begins at Davis Creek and ends at Rock Lake and is located within Tahoe National Forest. Rock lake is one of the more unique Sierra lakes and the views of Slide Mountain are fantastic. Fall color opportunities are dotted along the trail in groves of Cottonwood and some Aspen. Trail is a hard steady climb but the last .4 to the lake is down hill. One portion of the trail is actually a small creek bed.

26 days ago

This was my second attempt to get to Rock Lake, but after downloading GPS coordinates, it helped as trail is hard to find after the creek. Hike is very steep going in and we did this on a winter day that turned out to be warm. At almost two miles in, there is a creek crossing and then shortly after, a second one. You will come to a sign showing that Ophir Creek continues on. DO NOT take the trail that goes downhill (this leads into Little Valley and some private property). When you continue on to Ophir Creek trail, it appears the trail stops and you will have to hike up a creek bed. We did this going up. However, there is a trail to the right of the creek, but it is hard to find. Once you go up the creek bed, you will meander through some "bramble" and find the trail again. Eventually, you will come to a couple of signs (one leads you to Upper Price lake and the other to Rock Lake). The trail is downhill from here and there was quite a bit of snow on the trail going in. Once we got to the lake, it was frozen over and we had fun throwing rocks out there to see if it would break. The entire trip (including our 1/2 lunch break at Rock Lake) was about 5 hours.

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Thursday, June 09, 2016