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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.

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
13 days 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
15 days ago

hiking
15 days 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

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked from Mazama campground to Rim Village and back. It's a short walk north along Munson Valley Rd from Mazama Village to Annie Creek Spur Trail. Annie Creek Spur Trail was steep. It flattens out a bit where it meets up with the PCT alternate, and then gets steeper on the Dutton Creek Trail as you approach Rim Village. You'll pop up out of the woods at theback of the Rim Village parking lot, where you can get a sandwich and drink at the gift shop. Took us most of the afternoon, but we're flatlanders.

great views of the Klamath valley, keep in mind you won't have any views of the lake

hiking
23 days ago

on Sun Notch Trail

hiking
23 days ago

on Plaikni Falls Trail

24 days ago

very easy hike to the falls ..

on Sun Notch Trail

24 days ago

very beautiful.

24 days ago

great,love this trail

hiking
24 days ago

It was a foggy and cold day in July with lots of snow still on the ground. Still worth it...can only imagine what would be like on a clear day?

Incredible views all around the lake. Definitely worth going. You do have to pay to get into the national park no matter what crater lake hikes you decide to go. If you want to view everything with plenty of time for pics and viewing, should probably get there pretty early but can see everything in a day. Also check out the gift shop and sights around the lake.