Belknap Crater

Sisters, Oregon 97759

Belknap Crater

Belknap Crater Professional Guide

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"The Mount Washington Wilderness is an austerely beautiful place. The landscape is one of dark and forbidding lava punctuated by the contrasting green of whitebark pines and mountain hemlock and the red cinders of the various cones and peaks. Belknap Crater is one of the youngest volcanoes in the area and was largely responsible for the formidable lava flows in the area 1400 years ago.

The young shield volcano is a gently sloping broad peak, which retains its shape due to the lack of any recent glacial activity. A scramble up the northeast slope is short, and steep, and provides a good introduction for those less-experienced scramblers, including older children. The summit of Belknap Crater reveals a distinctive, steep-sided crater, which may be viewed from all angles if you so choose."

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Chris Van Tilburg
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"The second McKenzie Pass cinder cone is Belknap Crater, on the north side of the road, opposite Black Crater."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,620 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
Best July to October
5,223 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,872 feet
Top Elevation
Willamette National Forest, McKenzie Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Washington
Local Maps