PCT: Highway 140 to Highway 138 (near Cascade Crest)
ElevationAscent: 8,113' 2,473 m
Descent: -7,167' -2,185 m
High: 7,351' 2,241 m
Low: 4,976' 1,517 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
Current trail conditions
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“The Pacific Crest Trail through Oregon's Sky Lakes Wilderness and Crater Lake National Park.”— Bruce Hope
This section of the Pacific Crest Trail runs north to south through the Sky Lakes, starting at Highway 140 in the south, crosses a number of trails along the way that allow access to various lakes or can be used to form running or backpacking loops, then crosses Crater Lake National Park, and ends at Highway 138 in the north. The biggest downside to the Sky Lakes are the thirsty hoards of mosquitos that infest the area from late-June to early-September.
Note that the main PCT through the Park does not come close to Crater Lake—it's basically a path through a forest. This is fine if you're a thru hiker needing to make miles but, if you want to see the lake, then use the PCT Alternate South and PCT Alternate North trails to get a wonderful big view of the lake from the West Rim.
Land Manager: USFS - Rogue River & Siskiyou Nat. Forest Office
May 14, 2019: Ashland Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX)