Garfield Peak Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews
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Garfield Peak Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Crater Lake, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from June until September.

3.3 miles 1110 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

This is the one of the most popular hiking trails in Crater Lake with close proximity to the Rim Village and Crater Lake Lodge. There are spectacular panoramic views of the entire lake and other high cascades features to the north and to the south the Klamath Basin and southern Cascade features. This short steep hike leaves the parking lot of Crater Lake Lodge and immediately heads uphill. Stick with it for a half mile or so and you will be rewarded with views of the lake - and they only get better as you climb! The trail leads eastward contouring the ridge above Crater Lake. The track turns northward one half mile from the trailhead and begins to climb. It ascends the northwestern ridge of Garfield Peak then turns eastward. Gaining the northern ridge crest the route continues to climb to the 8,060-foot summit. Views from this lofty peak south of Crater Lake include the lake, Phantom Ship and terrain south. There is a good path to the top, but, be prepared for a difficult climb along this trail.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

great,love this trail

hiking
3 months 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?

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
4 months ago

Hike was amazing! Definitely hard but it didn't kill me and I'm not in amazing shape. The views at certain spots (a lot of the hike was on the outside of the lake, blocked from the view) up the trail is amazing and the top is breathtaking. I highly recommend it if you're wanting something tougher with a view of crater lake from more of a bird's eye view!

4 months ago

Nice hike

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

The sign at the trailhead said strenuous...and mightily alarmed my 8 and 11 year old. While they completed the hike (and the views were stunning!), I would have preferred to be better forewarned. There were 3 spots where the trail was covered in snow (in July!) and we had to hike around...it was scary at times. If you and your companions are sure footed, then you should have no problem. Just be aware. Not exactly moderate.

5 months ago

snowshoeing
10 months ago

Did a ranger led snowshoeing hike along this path, maybe not the entire portion, but racked up 2.3 miles of snowshoeing. It was pretty cool. Free snowshoeing tours at 1 pm from November through May each year (assuming there is snow).

1 year ago

Trail h had many great views of Crater Lake also the top offered a 360 view including Mt Shasta in the distance. A bit steep but not bad

camping
1 year ago

Super zum warmwerden. Bin den Weg gegen 8:30Uhr hochgelaufen und 1h40min später wieder unten gewesen.
Super Aussicht auf den Crater Lake.
Gescheite Schuhe und evtl. Sonnenschutz (je nachdem wann man läuft) sind angebracht.
Da laufen auch Kinder hoch, also Kinderleicht ;-)

hiking
1 year ago

Great hike, not too long but a good little leg workout! We started this hike a little before 8am and there was nobody on the trail until we were almost back down. Really nice views of Crater Lake both at the top and at certain points along the trail.

I did this hike with my wife and 9-year old son.