Crack in the Ground Trail is a hiking trail in Lake County, Oregon. It is within Four Craters Lava Bed Wilderness Study Area. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 4,482 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 96 feet. The Crack in the ground parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms.
Crack in the Ground Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"In the Christmas Valley desert, a trail runs along the bottom of this exquisitely beautiful, 2-mile-long crack in an immense, nearly level field of lava rock. The recommended route enters on the bottom of the crack and forms a loop by returning along the ridge.
The contrast between inside and outside the crack is dramatic. Inside can be 20 to 30 degrees cooler, which makes for excellent summer hiking. The vegetation is also completely different. Outside the crack, look for western juniper, sagebrush, and a few ponderosa pines. Inside the crack is much greener and moister. The rim can get very hot in midsummer. The road is snowed over in midwinter and can get muddy in spring."
--Art Bernstein and Zach Urness, Hiking Southern Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"A remarkable 2-mile-long fissure in the central Oregon lava plateau. The road leads to a fire lookout. On an easy, wide, mostly level, gravel road. Arrow-straight for the first 4 miles, then a little curvy."
--Art Bernstein, Oregon Byways (Wilderness Press).
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