Opal Creek to Cedar Flats

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Opal Creek to Cedar Flats is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Elkhorn, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1056 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

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nature trips

trail running

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waterfall

wild flowers

backpacking
20 days ago

A great, easy “hike” which is mostly a walk along a gravel road until you get to Opal pool. From Opal pool to Cedar Flats though, the trail is legit terrifying in spots. Narrow single track, poorly maintained, with steep drop offs on the side. One area had just a large tree with small handholds notched in with a chainsaw... which would epically suck if you missed them. Another spot had s wobbly crank to cross a creek which would take you over the side.Still, it is stunningly beautiful, and the camp sites at the Flats are wonderful... flat and ride by Opal Creek. I’d attempt experience, nerves of steel and leave the kids and dogs at home.

hiking
26 days ago

So beautiful! The creek is stunning with several falls, pools, and the hike is varied with interesting things along the way, such as rusty train cars, Jawbone flats.
Don’t buy a Marion County Parks parking pass (I didn’t know so paid for one as soon as I turned onto N Fork Road)- you just need the NW Forest Pass or pay at the trailhead.
Footing is more technical and slower once you get on the Kopetski trail.
Allow about 4-5 hours round trip including breaks by the numerous pools.

1 month ago

Great diverse trail from Opal Creek trailhead to Cedar Flats. This trail is an out and back hike with a total closer to 13.5-not 9.3. Be prepared to climb over logs and hike both road and single track. Jaw Bone Flats is a quirky little must see, as well as, Opal Pool.
I wouldn’t recommend for first time hikers or children under 10, unless they are well versed in hiking.

hiking
5 months ago

This hike was beautiful, however the last 2 miles in on national Forest roads was rough. We took my hubbys GTI up there, in the winter time, and the pot holes were kinda crazy. (the road does get resurfaced in the spring which is good.) It was icy over many of the bridges we went over so watch for that and one of the foot bridges to opal pool had loose boards and was covered in ice with no hand rail so we ended up having to turn back. Despite the snow and ice it's a beautiful hike with crystal clear water, nice fresh air and an abundance of peace and quiet, even though it does get pretty busy, even in January we saw more than a dozen groups up at the falls. Huge reminder were hiking boots or shoes that are water resistant because there is a good bit of running water, puddles, mud and snow on most of the trails.

backpacking
6 months ago

Easy to just past Jawbone Flats. The trail was icy in spots (early December) and had a couple slightly sketchy creek crossings (stone hopping and 1 plank crossing above a waterfall). The solitude and views were fantastic in December.

nature trips
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