Crescent Mountain

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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Crescent Mountain


  • The view of the Three Sisters.- Crescent Mountain
  • The panoramic view facing southeast from the first meadow clearing of the trail.- Crescent Mountain
  • Snow can persist on the trail into May.- Crescent Mountain
  • A panoramic view of the Cascades from the top of the trail. Peaks from Mount Jefferson south to the Three Sisters are featured most prominently.- Crescent Mountain
  • A meadow toward the top of the trail.- Crescent Mountain
  • One of the downed trees along the early section of the trail.- Crescent Mountain
  • One of the downed trees along the early section of the trail.- Crescent Mountain
  • - Crescent Mountain
Overview + Weather
Panoramic views. Wildflowers. Solitude.
Bugs at the summit. No suitable backcountry campsites.
Willamette Foothills, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,394.00 ft (729.69 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
9.50 mi (15.29 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,602.00 ft (1,097.89 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The Crescent Mountain hike has just about everything you want in a Cascade Foothills hike.

From the trailhead, the trail meanders through old-growth forest and crosses a few streams. Many fallen logs obstruct the first part of the trail. Trail switchbacks begin to ascend the first major elevation gain through the forest to a high-elevation meadow. Wildflowers populate this meadow during the spring and early summer. The meadow also yields spectacular views of the Cascades to the south of the trail. Mount Washington, the Three Sisters, and many smaller peaks are all visible.

The next portion of the trail re-enters the forest for the final ascent. The summit is the site of an old fire lookout. From here, the aptly named Crescent Mountain delivers panoramic views of the Oregon Cascades. Mount Jefferson is the real treasure of the view, but peaks are visible from Mount Adams all the way to South Sister and beyond. From here, simply turn around and follow the trail back to the trailhead.

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