Whetstone Peak to Opal Creek Loop

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Whetstone Peak to Opal Creek Loop is a 15.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elkhorn, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,058 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

forest

views

blowdown

snow

I like loop trails. Did this one in April, though the east side of the Peak was covered in deep snow. There's no real water source on the hike up, but the far side of Whetstone has a few streams before you reach Battle Axe creek, though likely seasonal. The Whetstone peak climb was poorly maintained (as of 4/16). The lower trail system before you get to Opal Creek has a number of choices. They all pretty much go the same place at the end...the Interpretive Center.

2 days ago

nice trail just poorly marked and maintained

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Only ran into one person on the actual Whetstone mountain trail, and it was decently well-maintained. Pretty difficult hike when it rains. There wasnt much snow in mid-June!

hiking
4 months ago

Snow starts around 2800 feet. By the time you reach the ridge line snow is about 3 feet deep in some places. Trail is covered and unless you have a map and know where the trail is, is very difficult to follow. Turned back just before the summit because gusts were around 40 mph.

hiking
11 months ago

Trail was reasonably well marked and while you had to climb a couple logs, I would call it pretty well maintained. Battle axe creek crossing is a bit tricky, as it is not well marked and there is a camping area with several potty trails to fake you out. The whetstone peak view is pretty nice, but its a long hike for a single vista. Hiked in mid august.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

We did this trail on August 1. We did the loop counterclockwise. The day was quite warm and in the home stretch, there was no water. I would recommend the opposite direction because multiple water sources can be found from Battle Axe back out. As we are a bit older (late 50's) it took us about eight hours to do this route. I would concur with the previous review, about the downed trees and other hindrances across the trail to and past Whetstone Mt.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SO MANY PEOPLE. Completely defeated the whole idea of escaping into the wilderness. Unsupervised children running around everywhere, even at dark!! Felt like I was trying to hike through a large summer camp. beautiful location but beyond highly trafficked.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

My wife and I just tried this trail yesterday, and had originally intended to follow the ridgeline to the Bagby trail and ultimately Elk Lake. We gave up at descended 3369 back to Battle Ax Creek after discovering how poorly maintained the ridge of this trail is. Loads of downed trees, as well as sapling growing up out of the trail itself. Bummer.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

founds snow at 2700 feet and turned around at 3100 do to deep snow. Otherwise great hike and stunning views

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
Tuesday, November 29, 2016