Crescent Mountain Trail

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Crescent Mountain Trail is a 9.2 mile out and back trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.2 miles
2,345 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



wild flowers

Directions from Sweet Home: Travel east on Hwy. #20 for about 41.8 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 2067 (Lava Lake.) Continue 1 mile and turn left on spur 508 and drive 0.5 miles to the trailhead on the right.

5 days ago

Hiked this trail two weeks ago. Nobody at the trailhead when we arrived. Gradual elevation loss for first mile or so & then the climbing begins. Switchbacks with good tread get you up the mountain with views of the 3 Sisters, Mt. Washington and the 3 Pyramids along the way. The tree line opens up to an amazing meadow filled with wildflowers, bear grass & throngs of butterflies. It was amazing. The final push to the top is along a ridge line & you pop out to the site of an old fire lookout. The view of Mt. Jefferson here is fantastic! Take some time to catch your breath as you take in the views before heading back down. Check out the alpine lake below before departing. Side note, active logging is visible from this viewpoint.

20 days ago

Hiked it Jun 8, 2018. Not nearly as difficult as I expected. Without a heavy pack it would have been a piece of cake. The view at the top is pretty good. However, the wildflowers were not in bloom. The trail starts out in the forest for about half of it and then opens up into a huge meadow with a few long switchbacks to get up the hillside. At the top, the forested area feels much older than down below, and was the only part of the hike I was really impressed by. Also, watch out for mountain bikers. We ran into 5 or 6 on our hike, and they can get going pretty fast coming down the steep slopes.

Water is available at the creek near the bottom, and there are a couple of ephemeral springs a little past that. Once into the meadow, there are no more water sources for the remainder of the hike.

I recommend nearby cone peak trail for a much cooler view and way more wildflowers and variation in the types of terrain and ecosystems. Plus you can do cone peak and iron mountain on the same hike.

1 month ago

I hiked this trail on 5/28/18. It is perfect if you're looking to beat the snow (though there is some 4 miles in) and you're wanting to get a good work out. Take your trekking poles! Great views!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fabulous views at the top. Old lookout tower site.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Did this trail this past Sunday and what a glorious view. The hike was intense and I did get a little sick at the top from the altitude adjustment, but the struggle was worth it. Go on a clear day because you can see everything. Take your time and enjoy the mountain tops. Stop and smell the wildflowers. You will not be disappointed with this hike.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Nice hike, elevation is a bit tough at parts but is manageable. Trail is well marked, there was a bit of water at the start but nothing on the second half. The views from the top are unbelievable on a clear day. Today we saw everything from Rainier to 3 sisters. At the top there are remnants of an old lookout tower, but be careful with dogs as there is TONS of broken glass. Very little snow on the peak and almost none on the trail. Highly recommended day hike, we completed in a little over 6.5 hours taking our time and taking a long lunch at the top.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

This is a great hike in the Cascade foothills outside of near Detroit, OR. Trail starts easy enough, but then it ascends until you reach the "top" of the mountain. There are views of the 3 Sisters, Mt. Jeff, and on a really good day Mt. Washington, Hood, and even Rainier.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Plenty of shade in the forest, as you hike up, up, up to the wide open view of the mountain tops. Keep going it's worth making it to the top where you can sit up there and soak in the view. Once you do make it to the top if you look to the left over the edge you will see a small lake (it's green), and I am guessing it must be Lava Lake. There is a flat cement slab at the top that will easily fit two people. Over to the left is Jefferson Mountain, and to the right you can see Sisters three mountain tops, you are looking down on the forest. It's over 5,000 feet up at the top and it's a bird's eye view for sure.

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