ElevationAscent: 1,638' 499 m
Descent: -1,638' -499 m
High: 7,655' 2,333 m
Low: 6,179' 1,883 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 62% (32°)
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“A magnificent peak just outside the main entrance of Crater Lake, with sweeping views of the area.”— Cassidy Walker
Union Peak is the core of what was an old volcano eroded by glaciers during the last Ice Age. It is the most prominent feature in this section of the park, its peak being 7,698 feet above sea level and over 1,000ft above its immediate surroundings. The upper 800 feet of the mountain stand as a rock spire above a ridge-like base which is the drainage divide between Union Creek to the north and Red Blanket Creek to the south, both streams being tributaries of the Rogue River.
Start on the PCT: Highway 140 to Highway 138 (near Cascade Crest), hiking several gentle miles with virtually no elevation gain. Eventually, a fork in the trail with a well-maintained sign points you in several directions. Going straight here would keep you on the PCT, so take a right onto the Union Peak Spur Trail, which leads to the summit.
After branching off of the PCT, this trail moves through a lodgepole pine forest with very moderate grades. The peak materializes instantly, as if from nowhere. Upon approaching Union Peak is when the workout begins! Start off stair-stepping up large rocks, and before you know it you'll be scrambling up the side of the peak. From the top of Union Peak comes panoramic views of the surrounding area. You'll be able to see some of Crater Lake's Caldera, but not the lake itself. Just don't look down!
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