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Opal Creek to Jawbone Flats Loop is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lyons, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.5 mi Elevation gain 613 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Rocky

Historic site

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NOTE: It has been reported that the road to the trailhead is currently closed due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. A 4x4 with high clearance is recommended to reach this trailhead.

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Jessika Reece
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HikingOff trailRocky

A wonderful hike! No signs posted to the most popular destinations so you have to know where you’re going. The trail keeps going past the last huge bridge and you can follow it up, keep going past the waterfall on the trail. You have to climb up, but the trail keeps going. We never actually went to opal pool (literally couldn’t find it, nobody on the trail had a clear answer on which one was actually opal pool), but we did see cascade de Los ninos which is off the trail to the right near the old mining equipment.

Gabriela S.
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Getting there was a little scary on the dirt/rocky road in a crossover suv but it is possible. We pulled over multiple times for other vehicles to pass. $5 park pass will need to be purchased, which you can do just a few miles from the trail. First half of the trail is on the same terrain you drove on to get there and then you cross a bridge and head into the Forrest. There are no signs once you head into the Forrest so we almost kept going because we couldn’t find the most popular area everyone posts about. There are lots of areas to access the creek. At the end there is another bridge and area you can get in the water. About 15-20 minutes before that, you can access the slide and another area to swim. Trail is very populated. I was very surprised to see families with small children going all the way to the end. When we got back to the car, my watch tracked 9 miles total. The hike was very relaxing and the water was beautiful!

YM Zea
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Hiking

Beautiful hike rewarding with a natural water slide but beware the pool of water at the bottom of slide is deeper than it appears. Kids love the old mine equipment left behind. Can be a long hike for littles but over all family friendly had to carry my 3 year old years ago when we did this they are now in double digits and complete this hike fine.

Anita Westlund
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HikingGreat!

Went to opal creek today for the first time and it was amazing! Go slow on the gravel, tons of pot holes! I pulled over about 5 times to let people pass because that’s how big the pot holes were and my little Camry would have been destroyed. Wear supportive shoes and bring a snack, and water. Once I got back to the car my phone logged 7.1 miles of walking. So worth it when you see the crystal clear water!

Maribel Mari
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HikingFee

LOVE COMING TO OPAL CREEK the trail is fairly easy. Get your day pass when u the little brown shack. Go slow while driving lots of pot holes. This is my favorite getaway!

Andrei N
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Courtney User
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Hiking

Such a pretty area. You couldn’t do the full loop to Jawbone Flats as the left hand side is closed for campers/cabins only. Beautiful but not as many views from the right side of the trail. Hard to see the water through the trees.

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Terri Robinson
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Hiking

Easy trail...beautiful water!

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Jessica Huang
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HikingMuddyOff trail

The easy route is closed, so follow the sign it will lead you to another trail. Different than this app shows but it’s more fun. The view of Opal Creek is amazing.

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Joe Boston
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Patrick Gilliland
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Sydney Paulsen
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Hiking

Beautiful forest alongside a stunning river. Perfect for the dogs, would definitely repeat ! Road to the trail head is gravel with a fair amount of pot holes.

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Michaiah Annear
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HikingClosedMuddyRocky

I came on a rainy day so there was puddles and muddy puddles everywhere. Definitely make sure to wear waterproof shoes. The first bridge that crosses the river is open and you can take that trail up to opal pool. However the road via Jawbone Flats is closed due to COVID-19.

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Mark Hubler
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Backpacking

great hike. The road has been graded and is good now. Jawbone flats is closed to visitors right now.

Anna Koch
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Hiking

We hiked on Monday May 25th and camped and came back on the 26th. We were hoping for some higher elevations but there’s a lot of snow in the area so we decided to check out Opal creek hike. The road in and out was potholes on steroids. Even driving slow it threw us out of our car seats several times. Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit but it was terrible. There was a lot of cars in the parking lot but we didn’t encounter too many people. We hiked through the Old milling town and kept going straight to the end of the trail it had some beautiful camping sites there. A lot of fun to go over the creek with the waterfall. It is really a beautiful hike and not too strenuous.

G Matlock
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HikingClosedPrivate property

The road leading up to the trailhead was rough. The walking trail to jawbone flats had been closed to the public, however there was still access to Opal pool. My Dachshund and I completed the hike to and from Opal pool in about 2 hours 30 minutes.

Emily F.
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HikingFee

coming in, the potholes are savage and its about a 3 mile stretch with undodgeable potholes not recommended for cars, but if you have suspension problems this will help you diagnose! jawbone flats is unprofessionally cordoned off with saw horses and laminated paper stating it is private property,, i wasnt able to see that leg of the trail. the different bridge structures and the rapids are magnificent opal pool is wild. kinda muddy right now but so excited we braved the potholes. won't plan to return until the potholes are mended. old mining equipment and a mine shift are visible from the trail. excellent hike!

Paige Bennett
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Hiking

The gravel road to the hike is definitely filled with pot holes, we had a truck so we took it slow but it was fine. The hike is actually about 7.8 miles if you do the entire loop, and it takes 3.5 hours. My boyfriend and I are very active and walk at a pretty quick pace and it was definitely a long hike. The abandoned mining town is amazing, such cool remnants, cabins to rent, and the bluest water in Oregon! Highly recommend!!! Says closed but there were about 40 cars at the trailhead.

Mr. T
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Hiking

Great hike with kids. The road there is no joke. The last 4.1 miles will take you fffoooorrrreeeevvvvveeeerrrrrr!!!! The potholes in some spots are a foot deep or more. It’s like playing Crossy Road in your car. Had one kid that puked from being so car sick with the bumpy road.

Logan Lusk
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Hiking

the hike got me like: the drive up got me like: the last like 5 miles of the road is COVERED with potholes, it’s insane. like literally swiss cheese, my 2005 ford focus was struggling to say the least. the hike was good doe

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