Pacific Crest Trail: OR Section 7

ELK LAKE to OR 252: Skirt the glacier-draped Three Sisters on this 26.6-mile trip full of excellent ridgetop campsites, aspen-lined lakes, and fields of black volcanic glass. Tip: Wear durable boots.
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ELK LAKE to OR 252: Skirt the glacier-draped Three Sisters on this 26.6-mile trip full of excellent ridgetop campsites, aspen-lined lakes, and fields of black volcanic glass. Tip: Wear durable boots.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 42.8

Waypoints

PCT1231

Location: 43.9819984436035, -121.825485229492

Take the middle trail @ 3-way and head N to continue on PCT. Side trip: Turn R onto Island Meadow Trail for quick visit to restaurant at Elk Lake.

PCT1232

Location: 43.9954490661621, -121.827934265137

Stay R @ Horse Creek Trail jct.

PCT1233

Location: 44.0381317138672, -121.829620361328

Stay straight @ jct.

PCT1234

Location: 44.0401496887207, -121.822334289551

Keep straight @ jct.

PCT1235

Location: 44.0397491455078, -121.818183898926

Trail curves to the NE toward The House Rock

PCT1236

Location: 44.0598335266113, -121.808883666992

Stay straight @ Devils Lake Trail jct., walking at the base of Rock Mesa lava flow

PCT1237

Location: 44.0733489990234, -121.816848754883

Cross creek

PCT1238

Location: 44.0756988525391, -121.819664001465

Cross creek

PCT1239

Location: 44.079532623291, -121.818016052246

Cross Mesa Creek

PCT1240

Location: 44.0813674926758, -121.82048034668

Creek crossing

PCT1241

Location: 44.0842170715332, -121.820816040039

Stay R @ jct.

PCT1242

Location: 44.113899230957, -121.81095123291

Pass lakelet on R by Separation Creek

PCT1243

Location: 44.1252517700195, -121.82105255127

Keep straight

PCT1244

Location: 44.1423492431641, -121.82105255127

Go straight @ Linton Trail jct.

PCT1245

Location: 44.1665840148926, -121.818115234375

Straight @ Obsidian Way Trail jct.

PCT1246

Location: 44.1681823730469, -121.817535400391

Pass Obsidian Falls, a 30-ft. waterfall pouring over black obsidian; no camping allowed here

PCT1247

Location: 44.1693000793457, -121.815483093262

Pass a nicely-flowing spring flowing from the volcanic flow above.

PCT1248

Location: 44.1721649169922, -121.816215515137

Find a great campsite under trees in an obsidian area

PCT1249

Location: 44.1788673400879, -121.817367553711

Keep straight @ jct.

PCT1250

Location: 44.1901168823242, -121.792503356934

Veer L @ trail jct. on Opie Dilldock Pass; travel N through lava flow

PCT1251

Location: 44.1959838867188, -121.792533874512

Pass Minnie Scott Spring on R

PCT1252

Location: 44.208683013916, -121.791870117188

Stay straight, heading N toward Yapoah Crater @ jct.

PCT1253

Location: 44.2313003540039, -121.772636413574

Go straight @ Scott Pass toward Mattieu Lakes

PCT1254

Location: 44.232234954834, -121.774467468262

Bear R @ jct. with North Matthieu Lake Trail. Pass South Matthieu Lake (very nice lake with lava flows; Middle Sister forms S backdrop)

PCT1255

Location: 44.2501335144043, -121.784301757812

Go straight @ North Matthieu Lake Trail jct.

PCT1256

Location: 44.257251739502, -121.790153503418

Go L @ jct. with Lava Camp Lake Trail; Don't miss PCT heading W.

PCT1257

Location: 44.2613639831543, -121.793312072754

End @ OR 252.

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South Sister

Location: 44.0488624572754, -121.809364318848

South Sister from the start of the start of the Wickiup Plain. ©Jack Haskel

Site of forest fire

Location: 43.9818000793457, -121.825134277344

Area was burned by a forest fire a few years ago.©Jack Haskel

Spring

Location: 44.1692008972168, -121.81517791748

Nicely-flowing spring flowing from the volcanic flow above. ©Jack Haskel

Obsidian Falls

Location: 44.168098449707, -121.817680358887

Pass Obsidian Falls, a 30-ft. waterfall pouring over black obsidian. ©Jack Haskel