Hike of the month:
7.1 miles round trip
2,270 ft. elevation gain
Rated as difficult
Black Crater is one of Hike Oregon's top 10 favorite hikes because of its central location in the Three Sisters Wilderness, and the spectacular views. It also feels very underrated compared to the many incredibly busy trails that are also located along the McKenzie Scenic Byway 242. This hike takes you through the 2017 Milli Fire burn scar and the trail meanders steeply up along the northeast side of Black Crater. Near the top you can see the large crater and all of the beautiful shades of red lava rock. From the summit the views stretch from Broken Top all the way to Mount Hood with everything in between. This is an epic place to catch a sunset or sunrise!
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⚠️NEW Hike Oregon guidebook!
The brand new Hike Oregon guidebook 'Lakes of the Cascades: 50 Enchanting Oregon Lake Hikes' focuses on those beautiful alpine lakes from the Mount Hood area all the way down to Southern Oregon. Some lakes have pristine sandy shorelines, some have views for days, some are surrounded by lush forests, and some are rocky and perfect for fishing. Almost all of the hikes in this book are awesome backpacking destinations, whether you want to take the kids for a short 2-4 miles into the wilderness, or you want to hike for 12 miles before getting to your secluded cascade lake. I have included fishing information for these lakes for those of you who want to catch your own dinner, and as always, I include driving directions from 4-5 major towns in the state, there are color topographical maps with a scannable QR code so you can have the map on your phone, and each hike write-up features 1-3 color pictures.
What trails are currently accessible:
With the wildfire devastation that occurred in Oregon in September 2020, fires from the 2021 summer and with the snow melting this time of year, it can be difficult to know what trails are open and hikeable.
Check out what Hike Oregon trails and roads are currently accessible:
Summer weather is officially here! Check out some great Oregon summer hikes to put on your list for the season.
Hike Oregon goes on a lot of road trips for hiking research. This is what a typical travel day looks like.