Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series)
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.