The Pacific Crest Trail Oregon portion begins where the California portion ends in the Siskiyou Mountains. From there, it passes through the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument area before rising into the Cascade Range. Not far into the southern reaches of the Cascade Range, trekkers hit Crater Lake National Park, where some of the most spectacular scenery in the country can be savored. A spur trail breaks off from the PCT in Crater Lake National Park, and it leads to the crater’s rim.
After traversing Crater Lake National Park, Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail hits its highest point north of Mt Thielsen. The elevation of this point is 7,560 feet. From there, the trail keeps heading north, skirting around the 8,744-foot Diamond Peak. Farther north in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, the three peaks that give the area its name rise up high on the eastern side of the trail. In fact, these three mountains all have an elevation of more than 10,000 feet and provide a stunning backdrop for hikers.
Mt Jefferson is another peak of more than 10,000 feet along the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon, and for those who head farther north, Mt Hood stands out on the horizon. This mountain in the northern part of the state tops out at 11,239 feet and is the highest point in the state. After Mt Hood, the trail drops considerably before crossing the Columbia River Scenic Gorge and connecting to the Pacific Crest Trail Washington portion.
The Pacific Crest Trail can be enjoyed by hikers and horseback riders alike, so Oregon visitors who wish to enjoy it can go the equestrian route if they so desire. At numerous spots along the trail, it is possible to camp, though an overnight permit may be required, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the permit requirements for the area in question.
It should be mentioned that the portion of the Pacific Crest Trail that passes through Oregon is widely considered to be easier to hike or ride than Pacific Crest Trail California or Washington. It’s also the shortest portion at 430 miles. The peak time to enjoy it is July through September.
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