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This North Crater 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 Nordic skiers enjoy the gently rolling topography. Parking is available year-round at both access points. This trail is closed to motorized use.

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 PCNST. Both trail access points have horse camps.

The North Crater Trailhead can accommodate standard camping as well as equestrian use, while the Howlock Mountain Trailhead has camping for equestrian campers only. Mountain bike enthusiasts are occasional users of this trail.

Directions: From Roseburg: South End - Via North Crater Trailhead) Travel east on Highway 138, one mile east of the Crater Lake National Park junction, and turn north onto Road 4799. The trailhead begins at the end of the road. North End - Via Howlock Mountain Trail) From Prospect, Travel north on Highway 230 to its junction with Highway 138. Continue on 138 and turn west onto Road 4795, the north entrance to Diamond Lake Recreation Area. Proceed .3 miles to the Howlock Mountain Trailhead on the left. Follow this trail until it connects with the North Crater Trail

Seasonal Access: Normally Open: Year-round

Facility Type: Trail

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