About the Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail stretches 2,650 miles from the Mexican to Canadian borders along the mountainous crest of the Cascades and Sierra Nevada. Thirty-three miles pass through Crater Lake National Park, offering through-hikers magnificent views of the mountains surrounding the lake.
Permits and Regulations
The PCT passes through seven National Parks, including Crater Lake. Each has its own rules governing backcountry users. Hikers should contact each park for details about local backcountry regulations. If you plan on hiking or horseback riding 500 or more continuous miles along the PCT in a single trip, the Pacific Crest Trail Association can issue you an interagency PCT Long-distance Permit.
Those in need of showers or supplies can visit the Mazama Camper Store in Mazama Village in the southern part of the park. It can be reached from the PCT by taking the Annie Springs Trail cutoff just south of the Dutton Creek Trail.
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Water is scarce in the Crater Lake backcountry. In a typical year, many sources are dry by late July or early August. Hikers should carry at least one gallon of water per person. Possible water sources include Red Cone Springs, Lightning Springs and major branches of Dutton, Trapper, Bybee, North Copeland and South Copeland Creeks. It is recommended that all water taken from creeks be treated.
There are no trails connecting Park Headquarters with Mazama Village or Rim Village. Walking along the roadway is not advised due to the narrow travel lanes, road shoulder and high traffic volume.
During the summer fire season, trail and area closures often occur, sometimes with little notice. Before entering the park read the alerts on the website (the same alerts will show on the NPS APP), or call the backcountry office at (541) 594-3060.
More information about the entire Pacific Crest Trail is available from the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
Last updated: February 7, 2022