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.
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.
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!
S B. on Garfield Peak Trail
great hike, even with slushy snow. views are incredible.
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.