Ophir Creek Trail

Living close to the Sierra is something I am immensely grateful for.  I can walk outside my house and go for miles in the high desert. Or I can get in the car, drive for 15 minutes and be hiking on the Eastern side of the Sierras.  It wouldn’t take much to hook up to the  Tahoe Rim Trail, or the PCT and bye bye for however long your feet and food hold out.

I went on a near by hike this morning up Ophir Creek Trail. (on the west side of Washoe Valley). It goes 7.5 miles one way up to the Tahoe Meadows between Lake Tahoe and Reno. Along the way are several small lakes and side trails.  I opted to go visit tiny Rock Lake -an eight mile round trip from the car.  A steep trail but perfect temperatures and blue skies made it worth while.  The trees feel refreshed ( for now) from their winter moisture but that won’t last long. Unfortunately, in general,  it already feels dry in the mountains. Just had my phone with me, having forgot the good camera so I had to be satisfied with mediocre quality photos to share. But the walk sure was great!

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The aspen are just starting to green out at the 6,000 foot plus elevations.

The aspen are just starting to green out at the 6,000 foot plus elevations. Slide Mountain in the background.

 

Slide Mountain from the Ophir Creek Trail

Slide Mountain from the Ophir Creek Trail

 

 

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Rock Lake. "Lake" is a bit of an overstatement. But it is a sweet spot for rest and a dip.

Rock Lake. “Lake” is a bit of an overstatement. But it is a sweet spot for rest and a dip.

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spring time is pushing it's way up.  Sorry I can't remember the name of this particular plant that is growing out of the decomposed granite along the trail.

Spring  is popping  up.  Sorry I can’t remember the name of this particular plant that is growing out of the decomposed granite along the trail.

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An informational kiosk at the trailhead gives some history to how Slide Mountain got it's name.

An informational kiosk at the trailhead gives some history to how Slide Mountain got it’s name.

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9 thoughts on “Ophir Creek Trail

    • You are most welcome. The turnoff to Rock Lake is to the right at the beginning of the boulder field. If you turn left you continue through the boulder field and cross Ophir creek and continue up to Price Lakes and Tahoe Meadows. The Rock Lake trail is not formally marked at that junction but it is an obvious trail. It is steep and well marked along the way with surveyor’s ribbon in the tree branches and small rock towers to keep you on path.

  1. Friend and I hiked up to the lake yesterday. Did you take the trail on the right side and cross the creek further up – thats what we did-do you know if trail meets up on other side of the lake-we couldn’t find it and just retraced our hike back down. My first time up that far-pretty little lake .

    • Hi Pattie,

      There is another path that comes in from the south side of the lake. Instead of going to the right like you did, you would go left through the boulder field and follow the trail towards Price Lakes and Tahoe Meadows. After a steep mile or so There is a sign at the junction that will go indicate Rock Lake is to the right, Price Lakes to the left. The Rock Lake trail there isn’t very much used I could tell. It drops you down to Rock Lake, directly across the lake from where your trail ends up. You have to scramble over the big boulders at the end of your side and walk along the edge of the lake, and you’ll find the continuing trail to make the loop. I haven’t been up to Price Lakes yet, looking forward to continuing up there.

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