Little Crater Lake Trail #500

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The first 800’ of this trail are barrier free to a viewing deck of Little Crater Lake. This trail carves through Little Crater Meadow, to Little Crater Lake, and then on to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Little Crater Lake is 45’ ft. deep and spring-fed from the bottom, and from Little Crater Creek. The lake was formed by dissolving limestone and is not of volcanic origin. It remains near 34 degrees Fahrenheit year round because of the properties of the aquifer that feed it. This trail also provides access to the many trails around Timothy Lake.

This trail is a flat, barrier-free trail from the trailhead to Little Crater Lake (0.15 mile). There is a viewing platform, bench, and information sign at Little Crater Lake. The trail continues 0.15 mile past the lake to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.

Trail Description & Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Maintained 5/2014
Open Season: June
  • Please stay on the developed trails. 
  • Swimming is not allowed in Little Crater Lake.
  • To reduce user conflict, bikes are not allowed on this connector trail.
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger District, Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland to the trailhead (No fee), take U.S. Hwy 26 40.2 miles southeast of Sandy to Skyline Road (Forest Road 42). Turn right (west) at Skyline Road (Forest Road 42) and travel 1.1 miles to Forest Road 2660. Drive 2.5 miles on Forest Road 2660 and turn left at Abbott Road (Forest Road 58). Travel 1.7 miles to the Little Crater Lake Campground and turn right (west) into the campground. Follow the campground road west to the trailhead parking.


The first 800’ of this trail are barrier free to a viewing deck of Little Crater Lake.



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