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Pacific Crest Trail - Irish Mountain Section - No. 2000

Contact Info
Deschutes National Forest
1230 NE 3rd St.
Suite A-262
Bend, OR 97701

Phone:
541-383-4000
Basics
Length:
33.5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
Multi-Day
Trailhead Elevation:
5100 feet
Elevation Range:
5100 feet to 6100 feet
Elevation Change:
1000 feet
Usage:
Light
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

This section of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is between Charlton Lake and Sisters Mirror Lake. Segments on the Bend District are mainly in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area and wander through remote areas of old growth forest, past numerous lakes, and across treeless pumice plains. Early season mosquitoes can be fierce in the southern part of our district.

Details

Length:
33.5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
Multi-Day
Trailhead Elevation:
5100
Elevation Range:
5100 feet to 6100
Elevation Change:
1000
Usage:
Light
Season:
Summer to Fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

The only paved-road access to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the Bend Ranger District is at Charlton Lake Trailhead. This trailhead is reached by a long drive south on State Hwy 97, then west on Hwy. 58 toward Willamette pass, then north on Forest Rd. 5897, and finally ½ mile east on Rd. 4290. Alternate access for high-clearance vehicles is via Forest Roads 42 and 4290, approx. 35 miles SW of Sunriver. Road 4290 is very rough for 8 miles and not recommended for passenger vehicles. Irish & Taylor Lakes Trailhead, on Forest Rd. 4636 seven miles beyond Little Cultus Lake, usually requires a high-clearance 4WD vehicle to reach. However, several trailheads along Century Drive, 30-40 miles west of Bend, provide closer access to the PCT via feeder trails of various lengths, including (in north to south order): Devils Lake, Sisters Mirror, Elk Lake, (closest trailhead to the PCT at 1 mile), Six Lakes, Lucky Lake, and Winopee Trailheads.


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