Opal Creek Trail

EASY 248 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
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.

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10 days ago

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17 days ago

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

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19 days 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!

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20 days ago

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23 days 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.

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26 days ago

26 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great trail! Beautiful and tons of swimming holes.

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1 month 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!!

1 month ago

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