PCNST #2000 - State Highway 140 to Crater Lake NP


For those who have the time, this is a beautiful section of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. This section lies within the beautiful Sky Lakes Wilderness. It offers outstanding vistas and many opportunities for side excursions. The saddle between Devil’s Peak and Lee Peak is usually impassable to horses through most of July due to the steep snowfield on the north side. The lake basins are notorious for hungry mosquitoes in early summer. Many hikers prefer to tackle this one early in the season since melting snowdrifts provide water where later in the season there is none. Travelers on horseback should wait until August.

Carry lots of water! This trail follows ridge tops and drinking water is very scarce along most of its length, unless you take Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail side excursions.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visit www.pcta.org for conditions and maps.
Open Season: Spring - Fall
Usage: Light
Closest Towns:
  • Butte Falls, OR
  • Prospect, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: High Cascades Ranger District

General Information


Use the Pacific Crest Trailhead on Highway 140.

From White City, OR, take State Highway 140 east for about 30 miles. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail crosses the highway about 1.5 miles east of Fish Lake. Parking is limited here since hikers seldom start and end a trip at this point. It is more common to arrange to be dropped off and picked up at an agreed date at Crater Lake or vice versa.



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  Area/Length : 
38.0 miles

  Elevation : 
5,000 feet - 6,500 feet range