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.
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    Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing

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    Year Round

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    8 Miles

    Elev. Gain:

    2211 Feet



    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly

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    Explore the top, don't stop.

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    Added by Zak Stone

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