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Black Crater Trail

Black Crater Trail

Black Crater Trail

Page Type: Route

Location: Oregon, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.26580°N / 121.7486°W

Object Title: Black Crater Trail

Route Type: Hike

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Walk-up

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Brian Jenkins

Created/Edited: Nov 12, 2001 / May 31, 2006

Object ID: 155902

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The route starts at the Black Crater Trailhead. Getting here is described in the "Getting There" section.

Route Description

The trail is pretty straight-forward. Follow the switchbacks up the north side (good view point of Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Jefferson about 1/4 mile into the hike on the left). From there the trail traverses the valley carved out and extending from the summit crater. It then heads west up to a shoulder. More switchbacks follow to the summit plateau of black cinders and a 30 foot summit crag (easy scramble to the top).

The trail is about 3.7 miles long and gains about 2500 feet of elevation.

Essential Gear

None needed.

Miscellaneous Info

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Summit of Black Crater seen...