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Union Peak

Crater Lake National Park

Southern Oregon Cascades, Oregon

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  • Union Peak Trailhead.- Union Peak
  • Steam rises from the forest floor after a cold night.- Union Peak
  • The Pacific Crest Trail provides a pleasant and quiet access trail to Union Peak.- Union Peak
  • You'll find snow here much of the year. Visit in August for the best chance at a snow-free trail.- Union Peak
  • The first real view of Union Peak is quite a sight!- Union Peak
  • All the fun begins at the base of the summit trail.- Union Peak
  • From the switchbacks near the summit, the peaks surrounding Crater Lake are clearly visible.- Union Peak
  • Beautiful rock formations adorn the side of Union Peak.- Union Peak
  • Weather-sculpted trees take root on the upper mountain.- Union Peak
  • From the top, enjoy panoramic views of Southern Oregon.- Union Peak
  • The last few switchbacks will get your attention.- Union Peak
  • Parts of the trail are steep, hugging the rocky walls of the mountain.- Union Peak
  • But most of the trail is made of gentle switchbacks that zigzag up the mountainside.- Union Peak
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Pros: 
Quiet. Beautiful views.
Cons: 
Steep trail near the summit.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Cascades, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,600.00 ft (487.68 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Total Distance: 
11.00 mi (17.70 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,100.00 ft (1,859.28 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Hiding away in the southwest corner of Crater Lake National Park, Union Peak rises quietly above the pine forest. Its barren, rocky summit is dwarfed by its more popular neighbors like Mount Thielsen and Mount McLoughlin. But Union Peak is definitely worth a visit. Since the long approach and distance from other attractions in the park keeps most visitors away, you'll likely find solitude on your hike. 

A well-graded trail leads hikers right up to the summit. The first few miles follow a relatively flat portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. From there, the Union Peak Trail begins ascending gently through forest, meadows, and pumice plains. Once you get your first views of the rocky top, the trail starts climbing more rapidly. As you stop to catch your breath, notice the variety of hardy plants and trees making a life on the rock. Western pasqueflower, Oregon stonecrop, and whitebark pine are able to withstand the long winters here.

On a clear day, views extend south to Mount Shasta and north to Mount Thielsen. While you can't see Crater Lake from the summit, you can see the features along the rim of the crater, like Mount Scott and Llao Rock.

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