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Crater Lake lies in the caldera of Mount Mazama formed 7,700 years ago after an eruption. It is the deepest lake in the United States and is known for its blue color and water clarity. There are two islands in the lake, and, with no inlets or outlets, all water comes through precipitation.

scenic driving
15 days ago

Such a beautiful piece of nature. I have never seen water this color blue, absolutely breathtaking!

Hiked this trail at sunset in early August and the views were truly unbelievable. Highly recommended and not to be missed.

Hiked this trail while camping at Mazama. What a beautiful hike down into this amazing canyon. The strong smell of evergreens and fresh air is something I will always remember. Stop and dip your toes in the freezing creek in the summer months.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Awesome out of the ways drive you have to really want to do.... only once but I'd like to go back and spend a week hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short little hike for novice hikers. We wanted to do Garfield Peak but it was the first sunny day after snowball so the trail was just too slushy and slippery to trek through for 3 miles, so we settled for Sun Notch. Honestly, this trail didn't provide any better viewpoints than places you could find driving around the loop. But it's nice for young children or older people who need to take it slow and easy. Beware of the falling piles of snow from the trees if you go on a sunny day!

hiking
1 month ago

great hike, even with slushy snow. views are incredible.

Good hike to acclimate to altitude. Steady 1.5 miles uphill towards end is challenging for moderately healthy folks. Well marked trail.

Good views of lake. We hiked from Watchman picnic area along Pacific Crest Trail, a little over 3 miles round trip. Much more pleasant than hiking from the Watchman lot. It is crowded as others have said. For more serenity try Garfield Peak.

hiking
2 months ago

Great moderate trail with outstanding views of Crater Lake, Mount Shasta and the Klamath Valley. Trail is moderate going up the entire way with a few steeper switchbacks near the top. Top is a great spot for lunch before heading down. Hike is closer to 5 miles round trip. We also hiked Mt Garfield and Watchman. I would rate Scott and Garfield as a close 1 and 2.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I think this is the best overall hike in the park. Long enough and steep enough to give a challenge but with the most intimate views of the lake in the park from perched mountain views. High traffic but well maintained trails.

Nice trail for beginners