Pacific Crest Trail: OR Section 5

OR 138 to OR 58: Travel past the jagged spire of Mt. Thielsen on this 58-mile leg in the mountain hemlock slopes of Diamond Peak Wilderness.
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OR 138 to OR 58: Travel past the jagged spire of Mt. Thielsen on this 58-mile leg in the mountain hemlock slopes of Diamond Peak Wilderness.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 93.4

Waypoints

PCT1183

Location: 43.0889167785644, -122.09188079834

Cross OR 138

PCT1184

Location: 43.0904159545898, -122.090347290039

Stay straight @ jct.

PCT1185

Location: 43.0956153869629, -122.08674621582

Cross dirt road

PCT1186

Location: 43.1532325744629, -122.080947875977

Head NE around Mt. Thielsen's scree-laced slopes

PCT1187

Location: 43.161434173584, -122.064765930176

Cross Thielsen Creek

PCT1188

Location: 43.1623992919922, -122.063934326172

Stay straight

PCT1189

Location: 43.1960334777832, -122.048919677734

Stay straight; Howlock Mtn. rises to the E

PCT1190

Location: 43.2119331359863, -122.038330078125

Head NE toward Tipsoo Peak through beautiful, open glades with different color soils; trail is marked with branded blazes

PCT1191

Location: 43.2421836853027, -121.994552612305

Keep straight @ Maidu Lake Trail jct.

PCT1192

Location: 43.2422180175781, -121.993682861328

Continue NE; Miller Lake lies to the SE

PCT1193

Location: 43.3048820495606, -122.0029296875

Tolo Camp: A small, ridgetop camp with fire pit and space for 3-4 tents; spur trail to Six Horse Springs leaves from here

PCT1194

Location: 43.3041496276856, -122.000213623047

Six Horse Springs: If large pool doesn't look good to drink, explore further down (roughly 50-75 ft.) and you're likely to find some flowing water

PCT1195

Location: 43.3255500793457, -122.018463134766

Straight @ jct.

PCT1196

Location: 43.3639678955078, -122.030982971191

Straight @ Windigo Pass Trail

PCT1197

Location: 43.3674163818359, -122.033180236816

Windigo Pass

PCT1198

Location: 43.3821983337402, -122.057334899902

Nearby lakelet on L

PCT1199

Location: 43.3981170654297, -122.060119628906

Pass spur to Cowhorn Mtn. summit on R; great views of the peak from the N and S ridges

PCT1200

Location: 43.4461517333984, -122.129417419434

S tip of Summit Lake; walk the lake's W edge

PCT1201

Location: 43.4469680786133, -122.132415771484

Cross dirt road; look for lakeside campsites between here and the campground located at N end of lake

PCT1202

Location: 43.4621658325195, -122.133750915527

Summit Lake Campground: A small campground with bathrooms next to the expansive lake. Pass numerous lily-pad covered ponds on the pleasantly flat trail N

PCT1203

Location: 43.4933166503906, -122.134963989258

Stay straight @ jct. with Rockpile Lake Trail; travel in the shadow of Diamond Peak (to the N) through open meadows, passing large trees

PCT1204

Location: 43.5200500488281, -122.13338470459

Cross Mountain Creek, which flows from the cliffs of Diamond Peak on the L. Look for camping downstream of trail; very stunning alpine setting

PCT1205

Location: 43.5528182983398, -122.132080078125

Stay R @ Mt. Yoran Trail jct.

PCT1206

Location: 43.5707015991211, -122.09733581543

Stay straight @ trail jct.

PCT1207

Location: 43.5904083251953, -122.058334350586

Pengra Pass. From Pass, continue NE toward Willamette Pass. Side trip: Leave PCT and turn R to visit Shelter Cove Resort; walk down road heading SE until you see the sign for the resort

PCT1208

Location: 43.5816841125488, -122.040351867676

Shelter Cove Resort offers well-supplied store, bathrooms, and telephone on the edge of a beautiful lake; you can mail yourself a package here.

PCT1209

Location: 43.5972175598144, -122.033584594727

Reach OR 58; head NW to Willamette Pass Ski Resort and restaurant

PCT1210

Location: 43.600399017334, -122.036582946777

Willamette Pass Ski Resort on R; restaurant;

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OR/WA High Point

Location: 43.2118339538574, -122.03857421875

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PCT blaze

Location: 43.2109489440918, -122.037689208984

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Mt. Thielsen through the pines

Location: 43.13427734375, -122.084526062012

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Mt. Thielsen

Location: 43.1583518981934, -122.075332641602

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Scree-laced slopes of Mt. Thielsen

Location: 43.1621398925781, -122.073440551758

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Shelter Cove Resort

Location: 43.5813865661621, -122.040405273438

©Jack Haskel