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Black Crater
Black Crater, Oregon.jpg
The mountain seen from the Dee Wright Observatory
Highest point
Elevation 7,257 ft (2,212 m) NAVD 88
Prominence 1,411 ft (430 m)
Location Deschutes County, Oregon, U.S.
Parent range Cascade Range
Topo map USGS Black Crater
Age of rock Late Pleistocene
Mountain type Shield volcano
Volcanic arc Cascade Volcanic Arc
Easiest route Trail

Black Crater is a steep-sided shield volcano in the Cascade Range of central Oregon, located north of the Three Sisters and east of McKenzie Pass. Ice Age glaciers carved a large cirque into the northern flank of the mountain, and snow often lingers in its shady depths until late summer. A United States Forest Service fire lookout tower was built on the summit in 1925, but was eventually destroyed and only remnants of the foundation remain today. A 3.7-mile (6.0 km) trail heads for the summit from the northwest on Oregon Route 242, eventually wrapping onto the northeast side for the upper part of the ascent.

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