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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- Distance: 73.0
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
Location: 42.3965492248535, -122.289970397949
Cross a nicely-flowing creek
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Go L @ trail jct.
Location: 42.4335823059082, -122.268699645996
Keep straight @ jct. with spur leading to Freye Lake
Location: 42.4716987609863, -122.280166625977
Stay straight; N tip of Fourmile Lake stretches out to the E
Location: 42.5056343078613, -122.253967285156
Pass Christi’s Spring
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
Location: 42.5387153625488, -122.241218566895
Set up camp at Red Lake
Location: 42.5490684509277, -122.229835510254
Stay straight; Red Lake Trail rejoins the PCT
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
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
Location: 42.6489677429199, -122.207466125488
Cross creek with nice camp
Location: 42.6536827087402, -122.205047607422
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Go R @ Seven Lakes Trail jct.
Location: 42.6575508117676, -122.212333679199
Location: 42.6638832092285, -122.208801269531
Go straight; Seven Lakes Trail enters from the L
Location: 42.6684341430664, -122.201286315918
Cross Honeymoon Creek
Location: 42.6831817626953, -122.172317504883
Stay straight @ jct. with Sevenmile Trail
Location: 42.6852684020996, -122.171714782715
Continue straight @ jct. with Middle Fork Basin Trail that leads to Ranger Springs
Location: 42.7084159851074, -122.187950134277
Stay straight, heading NW toward Maude Mtn.
Location: 42.7368011474609, -122.195686340332
Keep straight @ jct. with spur to Jack Spring
Location: 42.7571182250977, -122.196929931641
R @ Y
Location: 42.8009986877441, -122.17586517334
Enter Crater Lake NP
Location: 42.8160018920898, -122.179565429688
Stay L @ Pumice Flat Trail jct.; trail register
Location: 42.8160514831543, -122.180816650391
Stay R @ Stuart Falls Trail jct.
Location: 42.8416175842285, -122.194984436035
Go straight @ jct. with Union Peak Trail
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.
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