Kopetski / Opal Creek Trail #4187

Area Status: Temporarily 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: 5/13/2022: Trail burnt over in Beachie Creek Fire. No site assessment possible due to safety hazards. Site hazards will be addressed in 2022 or 2023. See maps of Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fire closure areas.
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.


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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  Area/Length : 
2.6 miles

  Elevation : 
2000 feet - 2700 feet