Little Crater Lake Trail #500
This trail carves through Little Crater Meadow, to Little Crater Lake, and then on to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. 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
|Closest Towns:||Government Camp, OR|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Zig Zag Ranger District, Zig Zag Ranger Station|
From Portland, OR - 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.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Day HikingThis short trail first crosses a meadow then enters a small stand of trees which open up onto a tiny jewel - Little Crater Lake. A viewing deck, bench and information sign are at the lake. To this point, a distance of only 800', the trail is barrier-free. The trail continues another 800 ' to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Going south on the PCNST brings you to the Timothy Lake Trail. There is a 13 mile trail around the lake. If you simply stay on the PCNST for another 150 yards past the Timothy Lake junction you’ll reach Crater Creek, a lovely wide creek.
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Intermediate|
BackpackingPacific Crest National Scenic Trail access. See day hiking description.
Have fun learning as you travel through the forest. Take a walk along this self-guided interpretive trail.