Cleetwood Cove Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chiloquin, OR that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and fishing and is accessible from July until October.
Steep down and back hike from Crater Lake Rim road to the shoreline near the only boat dock in the park offering spectacular views of the lake and surrounding rim. Cleetwood Cove trail offer the only lake shore access in Crater Lake National Park and offers spectacular lake views and access to the lake at the bottom of the trail at and near the boat dock. The steep trail takes from 1.5 to 2.5 hours and is 2.2 miles RT with an elevation gain of about 700 ft. The trip up is strenuous with an 11% grade. The boat dock offers boat tours of the lake or to Wizard Island; tickets can be purchased at the parking lot at the top of the trail. One of the must do hikes in CLNP.
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.
I went there 2 weeks ago. Beautiful views. But it was really hard coming up with the heat!
Awesome hike. Arrived on a weekday at 9am and the parking lot was about 70% full. There was about 10 people at the bottom. Highly recommend jumping in Crater Lake. It is worth the chill. By the walk up there was a number of people on their way down. The bugs in the morning were not bad.
We went there on 7/2/2016. The view is great but the trail is very dusty. Make sure you have something to cover your nose and mouth. When it was getting late in the day, lots of mosquito came out and chased us on our way back.
Great views all the way from the caldera rim down to Crater lake shoreline and boat docks. Nice path surface, steady ascent on the return and given the elevation you feel it.
Amazing views. Took a swim (jumped from cliffs) in the crystal clear frigid 48 degree water. A bit rough on the ascent.
I hiked this trail with a friend once in July. It has a lot of switchbacks and lovely views. When we reached the bottom, I sat on the rocks for awhile and put my feet in the wonderfully cold water. It felt so good and the area is just beautiful. On the way back up, I had to stop a few times even though the ascent wasn't that steep (given all the switchbacks). Also, upon returning to the parking area, we spotted a Clark's Nutcracker (which was a 'new bird' for my list :-) ).
It's all downhill going towards the water but it does give you access to the lake. It's at Crater Lake so what's not to like? The trail is well maintained and somewhat crowded.
With young children exploring this trail with you, the hike down Cleetwood Cove Trail is moderate, but so worth the dive off the rocks into the Clear Crater Lake at the bottom, so bring your swim suits. This site lists the parking pass at ten, however it is currently $15. Also, when you complete the trail I recommend staying at one of the many lookouts for the sunset and stars, the view is breathtaking.
I came here for a day's outing of trail running at altitude. This was my first pick. It was a nice, soft descent, and likewise, a soft climb back up, 30 min at "talking" pace. Good warmup for the other courses later that day :)
For someone who hadn't hiked prior to going to Crater Lake this one was strenuous on the way down and back - but totally worth it!
Great trail to the water, slightly steep on the way back but not long.