North Crater Trail / Crater Trail Loop

Diamond Lake, Oregon

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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.
Mountain Bike! Oregon

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Mountain Bike! Oregon

by Laurie & Chris Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

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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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Diamond Lake
Length: 21
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late spring through the fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,360 feet
Top Elevation: 6,060 feet
Local Contacts: Umpqua National Forest, Diamond Lake Ranger District 541-498-2531
Local Maps: District map of the Diamond Lake Ranger District, USGS Pumice Dessert East, Pumice Desert West, Mount Thielsen, and Diamond Lake
Topo Map: North Crater Trail / Crater Trail Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Bike! Oregon Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

10/18/2009

We only took the first five miles of North Crater Trail, then took a short section of Hwy. 230 and Hwy. 138 to pick up the last five miles on Crater Trail 1457, making this a nice approximately 10 mile loop. The first three or so miles was a fun singletrack that undulated through pretty pine forest. There were some challenging sections of roots and rocks, often combined with steep uphills, and a few sections that may have been cut in deeply by horse hooves. But overall we enjoyed it a lot. The last one or two miles of singletrack was much smoother and less technical riding. The ride back on the doubletrack Crater Trail 1457 was a fun, smooth, fast rollercoaster ride.

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