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Rock Lake via Ophir Trail is a 6.3 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.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,932 feet Route Type: Loop

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Note: In Washoe County Parks, dogs must be leashed at all times. 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.

camping
rocky
9 hours ago

Nice hike out to Rock Lake today few incline that were rocky...

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful scenery with a creek, pond and Rock Lake at the end of the trail. Mix of shade and sun, but plenty of shade on a sunny day. It is a pretty consistent steep incline for the first 3 miles out so the difficult” trail label is accurate. Not much traffic on this trail during Covid because of the difficulty. There were also no mountain bikers present. Total round trip from the first parking lot was 8.4 miles ... I did not drive up into the campground. I tried to find Ophir Lake, but the trails that once existed near Rock Lake don’t seem to be there any longer. So far, this is one of my favorite trails in Reno considering the scenery, difficulty, shade, and distance.

hiking
rocky
scramble
21 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Just under 9 miles total (if you take the .6 part of the Davis creek loop up and back rather than the .9 side of the route {see map}). First 4.5 miles are uphill with an elevation gain of 2,115ft. Beautiful trail! If you know where to look, you may even find the enchanted fairy forts and teenage smoke huts :)

backpacking
bugs
scramble
1 month ago

Yipeee! Successfully completed 1st overnight BP trip. Krista and Wappa

hiking
1 month ago

Overall a wonderful hike with a large variety of interesting locations including fire pits left by past travelers, creeks that are suspiciously pretty, along with plenty of elevation change. This is my favorite hike so far for the variety and challenge. Not to mention finding the fossil at rock lake itself. Would definitely recommend taking a good look around wherever you stop, you might just make a memory.

hiking
blowdown
icy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

I really liked this trail but it was further then the app said. They were not kidding when they called it hard! It is straight uphill for the entire first half so be prepared!

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

BEAUTIFUL TRAIL!!! Great hike until the last 1/2 mile or so. We sunk down to our butts in the snow. Not much water so it’s more like a marsh instead of a lake right now. Says 6.3 miles but we logged 8.9. The views along the way are beautiful!! Reminded me of New Hampshire. It’s a leg burner for sure so be ready!! Definitely recommend this hike.

If your looking for a good uphill battle this is the place to go. still snow near the lake, but lots of wildlife around. great hike overall.

hiking
1 month ago

Didn’t make it all the way but not much snow from what I saw. I brought my spikes but waterproof boots would work just fine

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

It's an absolutely stunning lake when you get there but be prepared for it. the last mile approaching the lake is still covered in about a foot of ice and snow. Many of the snowbanks approaching the lake are two feet thick and melting from below. Be prepared with snowshoes and quick drying clothes if you plan on going to this lake soon. But it's totally worth going for the views and solitude.

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect to do now! Just a small amount of ice. It was closer to 8 miles though on the trail the whole time.

hiking
7 months ago

Very challenging and beautiful hike! Lots of terrain changes and inclines! Rock lake’s water is down but still beautiful and fun to climb on the rocks!

hiking
9 months ago

Difficult but very fun

10 months ago

Climb is definitely steep and rocky. The view you get at Rock Lake makes it totally worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike, we had a lot of fun. The snow is totally clear up to Rock Lake now. The first 3/4 mile is pretty steep and demands you work hard from the start but it's manageable if you take your time. There is another steep section after the creek about 1/3 to 1/2 mile long. This hike offers a lot of different views and feelings as you pass from pine trees to granite and the creek and aspens and more. There is partial shade and the trail is generally easy to follow. We took our time with a few breaks to breathe and stretch plus a stop at the lake to have lunch and it took us about 4 hours. If you're in good shape and not planning on any breaks you can do it much quicker.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail that is mostly uphill. We took the shorter side of the loop and was led through a beautiful Aspen Grove and riparian area. The two Creek crossings were manageable but the creek is running high. The last bit before the split to Price/Rock lakes was all uphill. Rock lake was very beautiful and well worth all the uphill hiking.

hiking
11 months ago

Challenging hike, need All Trails map to keep on course as there are turns you must pay attention to stay on the correct route to Rock Lake and the trail is washed out by snow melt above the creek crossings; 6/8/19. Great day in the mountains and great views along the way.

11 months ago

What a beautiful hike. The trail is steep. Walking in the creek bed was a bit tricky, but very manageable. Awesome views of Slide Mountain. We went the extra miles to get to Price lake, ran into snow at the top, with the extra excitement of bear tracks. We didn't make it to the lake because of the creek crossing, the water was to cold to cross.

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