Kopetski / Opal Creek Trail #4187

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

This trail accesses Opal Creek Scenic Area and Opal Creek Wilderness, following the Little North Santiam River through a large Douglas-Fir and Western Hemlock forest to its tributaries, Opal Creek and Battle Ax Creek, then turns south and follows Opal Creek, crossing Flume Creek at a picturesque waterfall location. This trail was rerouted in 2014, and now crosses at Opal Pool Bridge, follows Forest Service Rd 2209 for ¼ mile before heading back into the forest.

This trail does not offer connectivity to Opal Lake. It ends at Cedar Flats approximately 2 miles northeast of Opal Lake.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Beachie Creek Fire Closures in effect
Permit Info: Wilderness self issue permit needed.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Special regulations are in place to help protect this area and preserve the experience for you and for future visitors including:
Closest Towns: Gates and Mill City, Oregon
Water: No potable water. Water from streams should be filtered or treated.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Opal Creek (Gate) Trailhead.
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information


Access from Opal Creek (Gate) Trailhead (Fee site)

General Notes:

Kopetski Opal Creek #4187 Trail Map

Click on the map above or here for a high resolution PDF map

Close to:


Parking Restrictions

Forest Road 2209

  • Parking allowed only along the south shoulder within ¼ mile of the Opal Creek Trailhead and at the designated trailhead parking areas for Henline Falls, Henline Mountain and Nasty Rock Trailheads. 
  • 15 minute parking limit at the visitor information kiosk at the 2209/2207 road junction.

Forest Road 2207

  • No parking along Road 2207 between the junction with Road 2209 and the Shady Cove Bridge.
  • No parking along the south side of Road 2207 between Shady Cove Bridge and the eastern Opal Creek SRA boundary. Parking on the north shoulder allowed. 
  • Access into existing dispersed or undeveloped campsites open for parking, camping and day use.



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  Area/Length : 
2.6 miles

  Elevation : 
2000 feet - 2700 feet