Black Crater Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Access to: Black Crater Trail and Three Sisters Wilderness Area.

Amenities: parking area

There is a moderate level of use at this trailhead in the summer with no winter access.

At a Glance

Fees Overnight visitors: Central Cascades Wilderness Permit required between Friday of Memorial Day weekend and the last Friday of September; reserve at or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Parking: a valid recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment or Central Cascades Wilderness Permit holders must leave a permit trailhead vehicle pass in vehicle.
Permit Info: The trail enters Wilderness shortly after leaving the trailhead. Wilderness Permits are required for both day use and overnight stays from this trailhead.
Open Season: Late June
Restrictions: 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, i.e. rocks, etc.
  • Please bury human waste 6-8” deep and at least 200’ away from water.
.Wilderness restrictions apply within Three Sisters Wilderness
Closest Towns: Sisters, OR
Information Center: Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest

General Information


Location: Highway 242 near Windy Point

From Sisters, OR: 11.5 miles west on Highway 242 (McKenzie Pass Highway).

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Trailhead located at 4850 ft


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