Black Crater Trail is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Sisters, OR that offers scenic views. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Mostly trees and shade until the last 1/2 mile. Too steep to run down. Beautiful all around.
I really enjoyed this hike! It is fairly uphill the entire way there so a decent challenge, but the trail is very evident so no fear of getting off route. I did this hike on my own and had a wonderful time. The summit is windy and cold so remember layers. Took me 2 1/2 hours total and I spent a good amount of time soaking in the view before heading back down.
Good hike with amazing views at the top. The hike isn't exceptionally beautiful (although still nice) but the 360 degree views at the top make this tough hike worth it. Took about an 2.5 hours round trip. I read some reviews that said there were a lot of trees across the trail...it's all clear now.
Incredibly beautiful, but definitely a challenging hike and a great workout!
Great hike. I liked it so much that I went up Black Crater twice over a July 4th Holiday Break. The first trip I took my 8 year-old daughter and we made the trip in 4 1/2 hours. There was still snow at the top and we had to hike off the trail and find our way to the summit. I would wait, at least, until July to hike it with a beginner ( just too much snow). The view is amazing at the top.
Two days later, I reached the summit in just under an hour on a solo hike. It's definitely a strenuous hike but the views at the summit are spectacular. If you just need a good workout, it will not disappoint.
Long steep climbs, re-warding view at the top.
This was a cool hike. I went on a Sunday in late June and there weren't many people on the trail. You'll see a sign for the trailhead after you pass the viewpoint and it will be to your left. You don't need to pay a fee, you just have to fill out a self issued permit.
There are a lot of fallen trees on the trail in the beginning which was kind of annoying but fun at the same time. There was quite a bit of snow near the top, but you really don't need any snow gear. I hiked up in shorts with no trekking poles or anything. You just have to be really careful.
The views at the top are amazing. I got up there at about 5pm and I was the only person up there and the last person off of the mountain. Such an amazing experience being alone surrounded by such beauty! Just be sure to bring bug spray because I nearly got eaten alive.
I slid down on the snow part of the way back down but I lost the trail and kind of got lost for a while. It took about 2 hours to get to the summit and 2 hours to get back just because I lost time due to losing the trail. I would definitely consider doing this hike again.
Best views on top I've seen so far in Oregon :)
Excellent work out!
My sister and I did this hike in July of last year. The views were superb throughout the entire trail. There were lots of fallen trees over the trgail, but the hike was well worth it. I would recommend this trail to anyone.
I went up to black crater on a cloudy and windy August day. I had to play hide-and-seek with the low clouds to experience some of the amazing views; I was alone at the summit for about 45mn and could take shelter from the westerly winds in the alcoves both knolls provide at the top (assuming the direction of the wind is right :-) ). Waiting for breaks in the fast moving clouds to see North Sister reveal itself could have been frustrating; it turned out to be quite a magical experience instead. Now.. I would not mind going back on a bright and sunny day... and I will.
I started around 9AM and (as mentioned above) got the summit for myself until I started back down around noon, at which time a small crowd was forming at the top. All said and done, by the time I reached the parking lot, I had crossed path with an estimated 50 hikers going up.
I did this hike on a nice day in July. The trail wasn't too difficult, but look out for a lot of downed trees that make it a little harder to find the trail. Also, when we went there was a pretty good amount of snow, which made it difficult to stay on trail at the top.
Amazing views though! Totally recommend this.
We did Black Crater on a beautiful late July day as part of a weekend trip to the Redmond area. The trail has superb views of line of central Cascade volcanoes, from Mount Hoot to the Three Sisters. Many old lava flows are clearly visible in the valley below, and Smith Rock, Bend, and Redmond are all seen to the East. While the trail is just over 7.5 miles long it feels longer due to the incline. We hike every weekend around the Seattle area so we had no real problems, other than cramped toes during the later half of the decent.
Overall a great trail in excellent condition well work a visit. Photos from the trip can be found on my blog at www.ianfaulds.com
Black Crater has probably the best view of the Cascades nestled up near the north side of the North Sister - 3500 feet elevation gain in 3.5 miles you have to work to get there but it is worth it! Poor me for some reason I got bad blisters on my heels I guess because of the steepness but I improvised some "moleskin" out of my insoles and managed to make it! We did it in late July and there was still lots of snow on the ground but nothing really too difficult and on the way back it was lots of fun glasading! Snow and red rock and snow and blue sky and wind-blown was surreal! Excellent views of the North and South Sisters, Belknap Crater, Three Finger Jack, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and even Mt Hood. A few other hikers but not too busy. I've included a youtube link to some video I shot, it is a bit shakey but I think you get the idea what it is like up there on a nice summer day!