This is a moderately difficult 21-mile loop near Diamond Lake. The circuit follows trails and roads that are in mostly good condition. North Crater Trail is a single-track that rolls up and down for several miles. Then it commences an easy to moderately difficult six-mile climb to the North Crater Trailhead. Next the ride follows OR 138 for 1.5 miles. This highway leads to an abandoned fire road known as Crater Trail.
Crater Trail includes a pleasant four-mile descent, several miles of easy riding, and some short, moderately difficult climbs. North Crater Trail travels through a forest of fir and lodgepole pine, and passes a few open meadows with good wildflowers in the spring. The ride begins at the Howlock Mountain Trailhead, near Diamond Lake Resort. Diamond Lake lies within the Umpqua National Forest, just north of Crater Lake National Park on OR 138.
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