Black Crater Trail 4058

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

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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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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Deschutes National Forest
Distance: 3.3
Elevation Gain: 2,373 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 4,915 feet
Top Elevation: 7,234 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Crater Trail 4058
Parks: Deschutes National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 4915/7234 ft
Elevation Start/End: 4915/4915 ft
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Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series)

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.

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Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon

Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon

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.

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May 2018