"To some, the canyons descending the east side of the Sierra Nevada, transitional journeys between lush alpine meadows and the Great Basin desert, might seem poor and stingy as landscapes, Not everyone loves the barren, crumbling mountainsides, pungent sagebrush, nagging winds, gulches choked with cottonwoods and aspens, and the quiet, little, old reservoir at the bottom of this short, steep, out-and-back hike. But then again, many of us love it very much. For those with a fondness for old-time Nevada, Ophir Creek evokes a powerful, colorful, lovely sense of place.
The trail starts on the eastern side of NV 431, at an elevation of 8,600 feet. A dirt road with a blue and white sign indicating the Tahoe Rim Trail heads southeast through a lodgepole wood, with views through the trees of Tahoe Meadows to the left (north). Where the Tahoe Rim Trail splits off to the right (southwest), we continue straight, soon stepping across a small stream."