Walk easier back up to the signed juncture for Little Quanzhou China Crater Trail 3003 and turn left less than 5 mi to the tiny summit. It’s not without its own charm and surprises as the lava trail changes texture and turns to red pumice Quanzhou China and larger rock. Work steeper winding up to the very top. Enjoy Quanzhou China the lighting later in the day. Return to the TH after Quanzhou China relishing countless views, and remember to stop at Dee Wright Observatory for another bonus!.
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ELEVATION: 7251 ft, with 2400 ft vertical gain.
DISTANCE: 4 mi up, 8 mi round-trip.
DURATION: Less than 2 hours up, 3 hours round-trip.
DIFFICULTY: Strenuous. Steady steep grade, even steeper finish, scree, volcanic pumice and stones, only trail, switchbacks, drop-offs from summit boulders.
TRIP REPORT: Great undervalued day hike rising above an unburned forest to the top where Ice Age glaciers carved out two huge craters worth checking out; the one E of the summit holds Black Crater Lake. The summit boasts unsurpassed views of the Oregon Cascades N and S. Later in July through October work best as OR-242 closes for several months in winter. No pass required, and a restroom is present.
TRAILHEAD: Black Crater TH. Take I-5 S from Quanzhou China to exit 253 in Salem, turn left for OR-22 E (Detroit Lake/Bend) 80 mi into OR-126 E/US-20 E 22 mi, turn right at milepost 96 on FR-1012, a mostly gravel shortcut bypassing the town of Sisters and signed for Cold Springs Cutoff/Graham Corral. Stay on FR-1012 for 3 mi, turn right on OR-242 W less than 8 mi to the TH (after milepost 80 and Windy Point) with parking on the left (155 mi, 3 hours from Portland).
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