North Crater Trail #1410

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail passes through open meadows and forests of lodgepole pine and true firs. Hikers will cross two streams in the northern portion of the trail and find the open meadows full of flowers from late June through August. Two highway crossings must be negotiated along the route. In winter, novice cross country skiers enjoy the gently rolling topography. Parking is available year-round at both access points.

This early route once connected to the old Skyline Trail, a predecessor of today's Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The trail is still used today by equestrians and hikers as a tie in between the Diamond Lake area and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Both trail access points have horse camps.

North Crater Trail #1410 - Wide trail

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/08/2020- Open, but current conditions unknown. Be prepared to navigate downed trees and other potential hazards.
Fees Howlock Mt. Sno-Park: November 1 through April 30 an Oregon State Sno-Park Permit Oregon Department of Transportation Sno-Park Information
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized use prohibited
Closest Towns: Roseburg, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


From Roseburg, OR, take OR-138 east / northeast Diamond Lake Boulevard...

South End - Via North Crater Trailhead:

  • Turn north off Highway 138 onto Forest Road 4799, one mile east of the Crater Lake National Park junction.
  • The trailhead begins at the end of Forest Road 4799.
  • Located at Township 28S Range 5 1/2 east, Section 2. Umpqua map reference L 6.

North End - Via Howlock Mountain Trailhead:

  • Turn west off Highway 138 onto Forest Road 4795, the north entrance to Diamond Lake Recreation Area.
  • Proceed 0.3 mile. The trailhead is on the left across from the gas station.
  • Located at Township 27south, Range 6 east, Section 32. Umpqua map reference K 6.



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  Area/Length : 
8.7 miles

  Elevation : 
5,200 feet - 5,900 feet range