Opal Creek Trail

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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
1374 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

A walk along an old road and an opportunity to explore a mining operation abandoned over a century ago.

hiking
4 days 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
8 days ago

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

9 days ago

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10 days ago

Great trail! Beautiful and tons of swimming holes.

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17 days 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!!

21 days ago

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

22 days ago

Great half-day hike.

23 days 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

26 days ago

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

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1 month ago

The hike is pretty easy as it states. I read many reviews of people complaining about how it's a gravel road, but it's not like what you'd think. Driving up is pretty annoying but the hike isn't bad. We did almost eight miles because we parked farther back on purpose. Be prepared to pay to park, that isn't mentioned and it's extremely busy so unless you get there really early expect a walk to the trailhead. I will do this again.

hiking
1 month ago

It felt long because it kinda was. Pretty. We did the natural water slide! Not horrible elevation gain at all.

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1 month ago