Opal Creek Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Detroit, 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.
dogs on leash
A walk along an old road and an opportunity to explore a mining operation abandoned over a century ago.
One of my favorite areas of Oregon. Simply a beautiful hike and a must do!
Loved it! Made it up to the gate and was met with about a foot of snow and a snow shower approaching. Had a blast. Snow throughout the hike and was greeted at Jawbone Flats from a couple residents. Great snow hike. Easy hike but bring the proper gear and you'll have a great 3 hour hike ahead of you.
Opal creek and jawbone flats is a great hike. Have done this hike quite a few times and it never gets old.
love this place. It's beautiful, easy hiking and so much to see and explore. Definitely want to go back and hopefully spend a full day there.
Loved this trail. Really easy going, perfect for me and my older dog. Lots of people but it never felt crowded. Stunning views of the river and fun exploring the community at Jawbone Flats.
This is a great hike. Not too hard, a bit of up and down, lots of cool mining and mill machinery left to look at. The entire hike is just lush and emerald green, what a beautiful setting. Jawbone Flats is a great little village that is completely off the grid, and has some neat history there. Opal pool is amazing so don't short yourself by not taking the extra quarter mile trek through the meadow!
Lovely trail and very special place. Let's keep it that way!
As with any wilderness area (and anyplace in general) please just leave diapers (found one this weekend) or TP (also found a sanitary napkin) 'hidden' under fallen trees, or trash along the way, and if your dog poo's simply push it off of the trail :(.
If you're going to enjoy a place like this be respectful and responsible for your trash- pack it out!
I am amazed how nasty people can be to such beautiful places :(. Also respect the existing historic structures. They are not there to supply you with camp firewood.
Nice trail! Lots of cars even on a weekday morning. I made the mistake of going when it just had rained for a few days so there wasn't a pool- just a lot of rushing water-oops. Easy hike but occasionally there are vehicles on the "trail" which can come by a surprise.
I made the mistake of hiking this trail starting at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. I felt like for a trail that went 3.1 miles one way, there wasn't much variety in scenery. There also isn't much signage that directs you when the path splits up multiple times on the trail. I took the shortcut, at the recommendation of another hiker since the sun was going down. The shortcut has more challenging terrain. Also I didn't know one you reach the destination, you have to climb down some sketchy rocks to get to the pool. I made the mistake of continuing on the Battle Axe Ck. Trail for a little bit before I figured something was wrong and turned around. This is a hike that's only worth doing earlier in the day and when it's sunnier so you can see the crystal clarity of the water.
Jawbone Flats is a neat little town to travel through on the way back. That's one thing I'm glad I did. I definitely advise taking the shortcut to Opal Pool and then going around and taking the other path back through Jawbone.
Easy walk along a gorgeous creek! Many places to get in the water. Perfect for a hot summer day.