Embark from the informational kiosk for the Tahoe Rim Trail at the northwest corner of the trailhead parking lot. The obvious trail to the southwest parallels Mt. Rose Highway and skirts the meadow’s border for 0.4 miles. As you approach Ophir Creek, causeways assist your way across the fragile plants and wet ground. A boardwalk extends this protection southeast along the creek. The near future will see a bridge across the creek at this point and a boardwalk to the northwest along the creek, eliminating social trails which highly impact streamside erosion.
Currently, the stream is crossed about 100 feet down the boardwalk. Then return the 100 feet to this point on the opposite side of the stream, following the signs for the TRT. Shortly after entering the trees, a couple of rapid left turns at the signed intersections will head you southeast on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The next junction to watch for is 1000 feet ahead where the Ophir Creek Trail veers to the left while you and the TRT, bound for Tunnel Creek Road, skews right.