Crater Butte Trail

The trail begins near the east end of Odell Lake at the Crater Butte Trailhead and ends at the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 near Marie Lake.

On its way west to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 there are trail junctions with Fawn Lake Trail #44A (at Fawn Lake), Stag Lake Trail #44B, Whitefish Creek Trail #42, and Snell Lake Trail #43.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Wilderness Permits are required for both day use and overnight stays from June 15 through October 15. Free permits are self-issued at the trailhead.
  • Wilderness restrictions apply
  • Motorized and mechanical equipment (including bicycles and drones) are prohibited in the Wilderness
  • Groups must be under 12 people and 12 head of stock
  • Build campfires at least 100 feet away from water
  • Pack in / Pack out!
  • “Take only pictures, leave only footprints” — please refrain from cutting, damaging, or gathering vegetation or other forest items (e.g. rocks, artifacts, etc.)
  • Please bury human waste 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet away from water
Closest Towns: Crescent, Oregon
Information Center: Crescent Ranger District
136471 Hwy 97 North
PO Box 208
Crescent, OR 97733
(541) 433-3200

General Information


From Crescent, OR, travel 12.2 miles west on County Road 61, then 5.4 miles north on Hwy 58 to the Crater Butte trailhead at Odell Lake.


Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

See additional information under Backpacking.


Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

This trail starts and ends in Douglas fir/white fir/mountain hemlock forest with lodgepole pines in between.  There is access to Fawn, Saddle, and Stag Lakes.

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:

See additional information under Backpacking.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
13.7 miles

  Elevation : 
4850 - 6600