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Summit Rock-Crater Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 410 Feet (127.8 Meters)
High Point: 5,700 Feet (1776.8 Meters)
Length: 8.4 Miles (14.0 Kilometers)
Low Point: 5,290 Feet (1649.0 Meters)
Trail Number: 1457

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General Description

The Summit Rock-Crater Trail is an abandoned Forest Service Road used primarily by ATVs and motorcycles in summer and snowmobiles in the winter. Views of Mt. Bailey, Mt. Thielsen and Diamond Lake are available along the way. The trail is closed to vehicles having a wheel base greater than 54 inches. The lower 4.5 miles consists of the old Summit Rock Road. The trail has two highway crossings, one near the gas station, the other at Hwy. 138. This trail parallels the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness and motorized vehicles are prohibited here. The soils are too fragile to allow any off trail riding anywhere along the length of this trail. Motorized use is restricted when you reach the Winema National Forest boundary. No water is available along the trail.

Directions from Prospect: Travel north on Highway 230 to its junction with Highway 138. Continue on 138 and turn west onto Road 4795, the north entrance to Diamond Lake Recreation Area. Proceed .3 miles and turn right at the gas station, keep going straight until you arrive at a large parking area near Hilltop Shop. Download here and follow signs to pick up the trail behind the gas station. The trail immediately crosses Rd 4795.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Year-round .

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Time of Day: 0900-1300hrs
Length of Time: 4hrs. enjoying the scenery
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: easy forest service road, but very dusty in places. Not good for multiple ATV's this time of year. View from Summit Rock is good. Trail description says "trail closed to vehicles having a wheelbase greater than than 54 inches". The local Forest Service Office has no idea why that language is there
Conditions: Occasional fallen tree, but road well maintained. Broken to full sun exposure.
Water Availability: Carried own water, saw no other sources
Recommended Clothing: light clothing and sun lotion.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Summit Rock-Crater Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding
ICON Snowmobiling

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