Opal Creek Trail

EASY 270 reviews
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Opal Creek Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Elkhorn, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Beginning at the Opal Creek Trailhead, this hike is on a gravel road through an old-growth forest of cedar trees. This trail takes you over a high bridge to the opal pool and you can loop around and go back through Jawbone Flats which is a fun little historic town to see. It is a great walk along an old road and an opportunity to explore an old mining operation abandoned over a century ago in this ancient forest. There are several little trail junctions that veer off the main trail that lead to swimming holes. Along the way you can also see Slide Falls and Sawmill Falls. This is a popular trail so do not expect to have place to yourself. Camping and parking are regulated due to the popularity of the site.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite hikes! I typically cross the first bridge to take the trail on the opposite side of the creek then come back through Jawbone Flatts and on the road. It’s a pretty easy hike :)

1 month ago

This place is amazing! So much to see and do! Crystal clear water. Multiple falls and the pools. Wow!

As many people mention, this hike is on a gravel road. To be honest, I would rate it easy until you go to the pools. If you choose to take the path from the pools back down to the bridge it is hard! Lots of rocks and water on the trail (late fall) plus if you go this route it is closer to 8 or 8.5 miles than 6.5 miles. I usually hike in goretex runners. My feet were sore from all the scrambling.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Giving it a 4 because the waterfalls and pools, cool old equipment. vehicles and town are truly amazing!! I didn't like the slow gravely road to the trail head and I wouldn't classify it as a hike. More of a long walk on a gravel road until you hit the town and hike to the pools.
If you haven't been you should check it out though, with the exception of the weekends being extremely congested...Summer and early fall are best time to go!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful crystal clear waters.

hiking
2 months ago

My new “favorite” place

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hike! About half is more of a paved path.

3 months ago

Easy walk and pretty water. Little old town on the way there too.

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy and beautiful trail along the crystal clear river, cold but great swimming pools.

hiking
4 months ago

The hike was sort of a bummer - 6 miles on a gravel road with little scenery. We ended up taking the Kopetski trail sort of by accident. It added maybe 3 miles to the trip but at least you get to hike on a nice dirt path which was a welcome break for my feet. This trail still gets you to the opal pool and you can loop around and go back through Jawbone Flats which is a fun little historic area to see. The views deserve 5 stars but the hike... ehhhh!

hiking
4 months ago

I had a great time. The main trail was easy. There are several little trails that veer off the main trail that lead to swimming holes. The scenery was beautiful and the swimming holes were a blast. Lots of beautiful spots to stop and eat a quick lunch and enjoy nature. You have to pay for parking.

4 months ago

Plenty of spots to access water. No need to pack a lot a water, a water filter is all you need.

hiking
5 months ago

About 5 out of the 7 miles are on a gravel road, with no signage to the side trail that takes you to opal pool. Still beautiful, but expected a lot more due to previous reviews. Opal creek is more of a family area than a woody experience. The opal colored creek is gorgeous, but the trail itself was very boring. Plenty of swimming holes.

hiking
5 months ago

Opal is a great hike. Great areas to swim during the summer!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! Beautiful and tons of swimming holes.

hiking
5 months ago

The natural slide near the end of the trail was the big winner for my four kids. We will definitely make this a yearly trek!!

5 months ago

Headed back for second trip! So pretty! Easy hike, bring essential and snacks.

5 months ago

Great half-day hike.

5 months ago

Loved this trail! Easy to do but I tracked the distance and it was 8.7 miles round trip to/from the parking lot closest to the trailhead. Wear lots of sunscreen and make sure to have plenty of water if going midday

5 months ago

This hike as something for everyone. If you haven't done it, do it.

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