Summit Black Crater

Oregon Black Crater Trail

Added by Zak Stone

  • Black Crater is great for a day hike or overnight trip into the 3 Sisters Wilderness
  • You have a great 360 degree view from the Summit
  • ~8 miles roundtrip with 2211' elevation gain

The Black Crater Trailhead parking lot is accessed off the McKenzie Pass (Hwy 242). The trailhead starting elevation is 5,040ft. (using the iPhone app "Topo Maps". Great app) with a 3.8 Mile hike one way to the Black Crater Summit at 7,251ft of elevation. Some parts of the trail are steep and get the legs burning. Take your time and take many breaks. I had about 45-50lbs on my back so it made for a good challenge.

This hike offers amazing views of the North and Middle Sister, Broken Top and the summit of Mount Bachelor to the South. To the North, you can see the McKenzie Pass, Little Belknap and Belknap Crater, Mt Washington, 3 Fingered Jack, Black Butte, Mt Jefferson, Mt Hood and we could even see Mt Adams in Washington.

Pack List

I didn't spend the night, but I wish I had. The view of the Cascades and a night sky lit up with stars would have been amazing.

  • camera gear
  • REI Flexlite chair (I love it and it's worth backpacking in (1lb 120z and supports 250lbs). It's a perfect way to rest your back and enjoy the view

  • Jetboil MiniMo

  • Mountain House food pack

  • If you do Plan to stay the night take extra water. There are some snow patches on the North slope.
  • Read More

    Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

    Share

    Activities:

    Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing

    Skill Level:

    Intermediate

    Season:

    Year Round

    Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

    Distance:

    8 Miles

    Elev. Gain:

    2211 Feet

    Rating:

    Features:

    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
    Forest
    Scenic
    Wildflowers
    Wildlife

    Are we missing something?

    Suggest an edit

    How to Get There

    about 2 years ago

    Explore the top, don't stop.

    about 2 years ago

    Added by Zak Stone

    More Adventures Nearby

    Ski or Snowshoe to Midnight Lake

    Oregon / Gold Lake Sno-Park

    The trip to Midnight Lake is a great way to spend a winter day and explore an otherwise overlooked lake in the central Oregon Cascades.

    Michael Graw
    1 Saves

    Hike to Susan Creek Falls

    Oregon / Susan Creek Falls

    This hike starts at the main parking lot about a mile away from the falls. The falls are accessed via a very easy, well graded trail developed and maintained by the Oregon BLM.

    Derek Mathewson
    3 Saves

    Hike to the Summit of Fuji Mountain

    Oregon / Fuji Mountain Trailhead

    Fuji Mountain has been known by mountain bikers for years, since it sits just off the circuit of popular biking routes around Waldo Lake and makes for a notoriously difficult climb on a bike.

    Michael Graw
    20 Saves