Whetstone and Opal Creek to Bagby Hot Springs

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Whetstone and Opal Creek to Bagby Hot Springs is a 29.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lyons, Oregon that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 29.6 miles Elevation Gain: 7,388 feet Route Type: Loop


bird watching


hot springs



over grown
2 months ago

What a fun and challenging trail for a backcountry camp out! I started Whetstone Mountain Trail from the Opal Creek Trailhead Gate, and I chose to do the clockwise route which it had its benefits and minuses. The benefit was that I got the hard vert climb out of the way, but the minus was no water sources and the lack of already established campsites along the way were nonexistent expected for one that I found on the ridge about 4 miles from Opal Gate. The benefit was a beautiful sunset at night and sunrise in the morning. I will give a heads up to anyone heading out this time of year, it hit low 40's overnight - be prepared! The morning hike out was amazing with steam rising from the frozen ground and the view from Whetstone Mountain Top! It was about another 5 miles down a sloping trail back to about 2,000 feet where I came across the Opal Creek water crossing and another established campsite. The walk back to the carpark was beautiful and cruisie with Opal Creek on one side and funky little caves besides the trail. Plus, there was the fun unexpected surprise of passing through Jawbone Flats Education Center which is an old mining ghost town that has been established as an educational center of Opal Creek Wilderness and they are working on establishing a self sufficient town and the benefits of solar energy, renewable resources and recycling. Super Cool! The hike back was beautiful and refreshing!

5 months ago

The map is inaccurate and will send you out in the middle of nowhere on roads that arent even actually there