Pacific Crest Trailhead - Summit Lake

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

This trailhead provides access for the Pacific Crest Trail at Summit Lake.

The segment of the trail accessed from this trailhead follows open rolling country along the crest of the Cascade Mountains. The trail passes through common alpine vegetation of mountain hemlock, lodgepole pine, western white pine, Pacific silver fir and whitebark pine. There is very little ground vegetation some of which consists of dwarf huckleberry.

The portion of the PCT from Summit Lake to Diamond Peak provides the most popular approach route for climbing Diamond Peak.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 8/5/22: PCT closed from Hwy 138 to Hwy 58 (PCT milepost 1848 to 1908): closed due to the Windigo Fire. View closure order and map. For trail conditions, check with the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
Permit Info: Wilderness Self Issue Permit
Restrictions: The trail is open to foot and horse (or other pack stock) travel only. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted. Wilderness regulations apply to all sections traversing designated wilderness areas.
Water: None
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station.

General Information


Travel east from Oakridge, Oregon for 2 miles and turn right on Kitson Springs County Road (Forest Road 23), continue for 0.5 miles and turn right on Forest Road 21 (Diamond Drive).  Continue on for approximately 31 miles take a left on Forest Road 2154 and continue for 4 miles.  Turn left on Forest Road 2160 and continue for approximately 1 mile then turn right on 2160-380. The trailhead is located approximately 1 mile further on the right  side of the road.

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