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Best Trails in Crater Lake National Park

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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.

on Mount Scott Trail
9 days ago

hiking

This is a pretty great trail. It has switchbacks, forests, big rocks to climb on and fantastic views of crater lake and the entire area. If you only have the stamina for one hike in the area this is the one you should do. The hike itself was not too bad and there were a fair amount of people who weren't in the best of shape at the summit which is marked by a cool lookout building. My favorite part of the trail was looking at the trail from the top and seeing how it winds around the mountain. The view of lake is great and it makes this trail worth doing.

on Cleetwood Cove Trail
9 days ago

hiking

The trail down to the water is semi loose and there are way too many people on it on hot days. It was fun to swim in the lake although it was freezing. The parking situation and surrounding area is a mess, there are not nearly enough parking spots and it is a pain to get in and out of the area.

on Plaikni Falls Trail
9 days ago

walking

This is really more of a leisurely walk through the he forest than a hike. The waterfall at the end is pretty although it is not fantastic. In addition because of the easy access of be trail, it is semi- crowded at the end in front of the waterfall. My biggest recommendation is to bring bug spray as there are multitudes of mosquitos. This would be a good walk for those who may not be in the best of shape or have small children

on Garfield Peak Trail
9 days ago

hiking

This is a fun but steep trail that is well marked leading right from the lodge at the rim of crater lake. The trail meanders up the ridge and affords some stunning views of the lake along with a fun and interesting hike. If you turn the other direction it is possible to see much of the area that surrounds the lake with forests and prairies. The trail was fun although it may be too steep for those that are out of shape or the elderly/young.

on Plaikni Falls Trail
10 days ago

Nice walk around crater lake national park. Beautiful fall at the end with wild flowers. Thanks!

on Lightning Spring Trail
11 days ago

currently closed due to construction 8/19/16

on Garfield Peak Trail
17 days ago

hiking

With easy access to the trailhead from Crater Lake Lodge, this trail is well marked and easy to follow. The trail is steep in places with several switchbacks. Dress in layers as the area is windy and the weather can be tricky -- I did this hike in late June and there was still snow on the ground in places! The views of the lake and surrounding area from the top of the trail are nothing less than stunning. A great adventure for the intrepid hiker!

on Plaikni Falls Trail
18 days ago

hiking

Nice short hike to see the falls. Lots of people, but its not a problem

on Cleetwood Cove Trail
20 days ago

I went there 2 weeks ago. Beautiful views. But it was really hard coming up with the heat!

on Wizard Island Trail
20 days ago

Beautiful views!

on Mount Scott Trail
21 days ago

hiking

Beautiful hike! The views from the summit were amazing!

on The Watchman Peak Trail
1 month ago

hiking

To clarify a review below, Crater Lake NP receives a significant amount of snow, and winter is a long season up there. Snow and ice can linger into July, which in turn means the trail is not yet safe enough to open. We hiked this trail on 7/29/16, and there were still large patches of hard snow along the trail. That said, the short "open" season of this trail does not take away from how great it is! Yes, it's short, but it will get your heart pumping through a series of switchbacks up to the fire lookout tower (now a sort of museum). From the top, you get a fabulous vista of the lake and surrounding park. There was a small wildfire when we went, so we also were able to observe the firefighter planes, which was pretty cool. I give this trail five stars for the amazing views, but there is a downside: It's SUPER busy. If you want a peaceful place to contemplate Crater Lake, this is not the trail for you. It's easily accessible from Rim Village and the trailhead is at a very busy overlook. I imagine if you went a little later in the season, before the snow starts, you might have a quieter hike up to the lookout.

on Plaikni Falls Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Small hike + waterfalls = Loads of people

on Mount Scott Trail
1 month ago

hiking

It gets steeper as you approach the summit. Bring water. Wonderful views from atop.