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Snowshoes & sunburn!

Peak Summited2021 Black Crater
Type of HikeSnowshoe/XC Ski
TrailheadBlack Crater
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a dog, Hiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad impassable/closed
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsTrail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommended
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Hiked in on the closed Makenzie Pass Highway 242 & camped at trailhead. Everything here is burned. Shared the road with lots of friendly road bikers. Camped in parking lot oasis (patch of unburned area in middle of gravel circle) as highway was closed (no cars) and everywhere else was burned. Hiked up to Dee Wright Observatory Saturday, then summited Black Crater Sunday. First 1.5 miles of trail were in remarkable condition given burn. Then lost trail to deep snow. Snowshoed up a steep climb to an amazing summit then glissaded and hiked down. Bring lots of water and sunscreen! FYI day use permits are available at trailhead but advance permits are needed for overnight stays via the Central Oregon Wilderness Permit system.

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