Black Crater Trail 4058

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Distance3.3mi
Elevation Gain2,373ft
Trailhead Elevation4,915ft
Top7,234ft
Elevation Min/Max4915/7234ft
Elevation Start/End4915/4915ft

Black Crater Trail 4058

Black Crater Trail 4058 is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest and Three Sisters Wilderness Area. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 4,915 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,373 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near the Black Crater (elevation 7,231 feet) crater.

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100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Douglas Lorain
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"The best place to study the volcanic landscape around McKenzie Pass is from the top of Black Crater, an old cinder cone that towers above the lava flows and forests east of the Cascade Divide. Even novices will be impressed by the views, but the ideal hiking companion for this trip is a geology professor, preferably one who specializes in volcanology. expert can spend hours pointing out features such as cinder cones, eroded plugs, lava vents, kipukas (isolated tree “islands” the lava missed), and much more. It is all fascinating and extremely scenic." Read more
Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series) (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"This trail winds its way through a mountain-hemlock forest to the craggy red-cinder summit of Black Crater. At the prominent summit you can enjoy sweeping views of the snow-topped Three Sisters Mountains, Mount Washington, and the surrounding lava flows and craters that make up the Mount Washington Wilderness. The walk to the top is tough, but the view of the surrounding central Oregon volcanic landscape is well worth the effort. Central Oregon is truly the land of volcanoes, and the Sisters vicinity is, perhaps, its most shining example. One incredible hike is along the Black Crater Trail, which leads to the summit of 7,251-foot Black Crater. The difficult path, which climbs to the craggy, double-pinnacled summit, is a test of both strength and endurance. The trail begins as a series of switchbacks through a mountain-hemlock forest." Read more
Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Brittany Manwill
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"Some may say to avoid Black Crater, as the near constant climbing and hot exposed areas are brutal in the summer. The trail is steep, but it’s mostly soft and easy to follow. Kind people who have previously hit the trail have left several hiking sticks at the trailhead for the rest of us. Grab one of these tossed-aside staffs for a little extra stability on the scree fields near the summit. There's no warm up on this trail. After leaving the parking, the Black Crater Trail begins to climb almost immediately." Read more
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Chris Van Tilburg
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"Lying on the south side of the road, with less than a thousand feet of skiable vertical, Black Crater offers a change of pace from the Santiam Pass crowds." Read more

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7/31/2012
Excellent hike. The trail is well marked and the view from up on top is fabulous. Just a little snow towards the top.
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8/1/2011
Great hike - still lots of snow on the trail. Views are amazing. Not many people (yet)
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Trail Information

Deschutes National Forest
Nearby City
Deschutes National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 622 Broken Top, No. 590 Sisters
Local Maps

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Dec 2018