Pacific Crest Trail: OR Section 3

OR 140 to OR 62: More than 200 lakes provide primo camping and swimming holes on this 45.3-mile stretch. At the beginning, scale 9,495-ft. Mt. McLoughlin for superb views.  
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OR 140 to OR 62: More than 200 lakes provide primo camping and swimming holes on this 45.3-mile stretch. At the beginning, scale 9,495-ft. Mt. McLoughlin for superb views.  

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 73.0

Waypoints

PCT1147

Location: 42.3957824707031, -122.291435241699

From OR 140, head NE on PCT. Side trip: Hitch L to visit restaurant at Fish Lake Resort 2 mi. away

PCT1148

Location: 42.3965492248535, -122.289970397949

Cross a nicely-flowing creek

PCT1149

Location: 42.431884765625, -122.26171875

Go L @ trail jct.

PCT1150

Location: 42.4335823059082, -122.268699645996

Keep straight @ jct. with spur leading to Freye Lake

PCT1151

Location: 42.4716987609863, -122.280166625977

Stay straight; N tip of Fourmile Lake stretches out to the E

PCT1152

Location: 42.5056343078613, -122.253967285156

Pass Christi's Spring

PCT1153

Location: 42.5137672424316, -122.230751037598

Stay straight on official PCT. Worthy alternate: Bear L onto Red Lake Trail to travel alongside many scenic lakes; only 0.1 mi. longer than the official trail

PCT1154

Location: 42.5387153625488, -122.241218566895

Set up camp at Red Lake

PCT1155

Location: 42.5490684509277, -122.229835510254

Stay straight; Red Lake Trail rejoins the PCT

PCT1156

Location: 42.5580177307129, -122.218803405762

Bear L to stay on PCT, which travels the ridge above this lake-filled area. Scenic alternate: Follow Sky Lakes side trail to the NE past small lakes with abundant campsites; a fair amount of ups and downs

PCT1157

Location: 42.641918182373, -122.211982727051

Stay straight @ jct. where Sky Lakes Trail meets up with PCT; savor views of Lucifer from the Devils Peak shoulder

PCT1158

Location: 42.6489677429199, -122.207466125488

Cross creek with nice camp

PCT1159

Location: 42.6536827087402, -122.205047607422

Creek crossing

PCT1160

Location: 42.6575164794922, -122.206581115723

Creek crossing

PCT1161

Location: 42.6543502807617, -122.211715698242

Cross creek

PCT1162

Location: 42.6563682556152, -122.213752746582

Go R @ Seven Lakes Trail jct.

PCT1163

Location: 42.6575508117676, -122.212333679199

Cross creek

PCT1164

Location: 42.6638832092285, -122.208801269531

Go straight; Seven Lakes Trail enters from the L

PCT1165

Location: 42.6684341430664, -122.201286315918

Cross Honeymoon Creek

PCT1166

Location: 42.6831817626953, -122.172317504883

Stay straight @ jct. with Sevenmile Trail

PCT1167

Location: 42.6852684020996, -122.171714782715

Continue straight @ jct. with Middle Fork Basin Trail that leads to Ranger Springs

PCT1168

Location: 42.7084159851074, -122.187950134277

Stay straight, heading NW toward Maude Mtn.

PCT1169

Location: 42.7368011474609, -122.195686340332

Keep straight @ jct. with spur to Jack Spring

PCT1170

Location: 42.7571182250977, -122.196929931641

R @ Y

PCT1171

Location: 42.8009986877441, -122.17586517334

Enter Crater Lake NP

PCT1172

Location: 42.8160018920898, -122.179565429688

Stay L @ Pumice Flat Trail jct.; trail register

PCT1173

Location: 42.8160514831543, -122.180816650391

Stay R @ Stuart Falls Trail jct.

PCT1174

Location: 42.8416175842285, -122.194984436035

Go straight @ jct. with Union Peak Trail

PCT1175

Location: 42.8712844848633, -122.180183410645

OR 62; for Mazama Store, turn right on highway, walk down until the road takes a sharp turn; at that point you'll see a guard rail on the left side of the road. the most direct route to the store is to leave from this guardrail and walk down the very steep embankment.

PCT1176

Location: 42.8673324584961, -122.166946411133

Mazama Village Store offers showers, laundry, camping, all-you-can-eat restaurant. Don't linger too long, Crater Lake awaits.

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Trail register at Pumice Flats

Location: 42.8156089782715, -122.179222106934

©Jack Haskel