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Lightning Springs Trail, OR

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Rated  Favorite Wish List OR > South
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,188 feet
Elevation Gain -1,244 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.07
Interest Seasonal Waterfall, Perennial Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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9  2009-07-17 AZLOT69
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Sep, Jun → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  7:29am - 4:34pm
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Fire and Ice
by AZLOT69

Overview: Lightning Springs trail as described here starts from West Rim Drive 2.5 miles west of Rim Village at Crater Lake National Park. Lightning Springs is a side excursion or a newly designated alternative route for the Pacific Crest Trail Oregon Section C. The trail is all downhill at a reasonable grade descending 1244 feet in four miles.


Hike: From the road the trail takes off across an open meadow and meanders towards a natural drainage on the horizon. Snows normally last well into July here making the trail difficult if not impossible to follow. Bearing towards the right side of the apparent drainage ahead will get you on course. Topo maps and GPS were a great asset as I located no other human footprints in the snow. The drainage is thick with trees and much downfall from winter adding to the challenge. The trail follows this same pattern of meadow-drainage down three seemingly terraced levels. If in doubt stay to the drainage on the right. At 1.5 miles you arrive at a signed, designated Pacific Crest Trail Campground. It is in a nice tree covered hollow with Lightning Spring, a reliable source of water only a quarter mile away. If there is still snowfall on the ground the trail gets faint again in this area. After retracing steps a few times, I figured out that there are markings thirty feet high in the trees for cross country skiers use. The blue reflector diamond shaped emblems can be seen for quite a long distance ahead and give you a general direction of the trail. The trail passes directly by Lightning Springs at this point which has a healthy flow. This flow quickly joins other spring runoff into larger and larger creeks. The trail goes thru several interesting sections of forest and rock outcroppings. A couple of surprise switchbacks are navigated easy by the now obvious blue reflectors. After going thru a burned out section of the forest the sound of moving water gets louder and louder as the trail finally parallels Bybee Creek. Bybee Creek will be on your left for the final mile of this trails end at the Pacific Crest Trail. You can continue on North or South on the Pacific Crest Trail or return the way you came.

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    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Klamath Falls - Route 97 north to Route 62 north and west to the park's south entrance. Once in the park continue to the Rim Village, then 2.5 miles west of West Rim Drive to parking area on both sides of the road. The trailhead is on the west side of the road.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Jul 22 2009 8:22 pm
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