Stuart Falls is a 10 mile out and back trail located near Crater Lake, OR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until November.
First I'm not sure where the normal place to start this hike is at, but we started at the Pumice Flat trailhead in Crater Lake. The hike was 14 miles. I'm not sure where you start to get a 10 mile hike. We took Pumice Flat trail to the PCT for about a hundred yards and then another trail down to Stuart Falls. It's a pretty water fall, but it is one heck of a hike. Bring some water. I brought a filtered water bottle and brought some of the fall water back to drink.
3 1/2 to 4 stars... So 3 3/4th stars.
Just finished this trail and its early July. For a 60% chance of rain in crater lake there was none. Just few thunder strikes, but none near and overall a warm hike. Trail crew recently cut some logs, and other maintenance stuff so it is a an easy hike to follow. But long! according to my iPhone over 40,000 steps... Don't think that's right. It is between 10-14 miles. Depending where you start. To cut some miles start near the pullout "lodge poll" on hwy 62 but the trail might be nicknamed "pumice flat".... Cause you go thru that flat. But if you want to do that whole stretch pass the entrance station of crater lake off the pct on hwy 62 (which is what I did) be sure to bring plenty of water. If you have a Water filter definitely try the spring water. It's so cold and refreshing!
Next time I'm going to try the short cut pullout. Also all springs and waterfalls in crater lake are low! This one I heard was almost dried out by September but also difficult to get to cause the trail washed out? Due to rain? So I think the more it rains later on in the season it may be hard to follow the trail.
such a long hike! my fitbit read 13 miles roundtrip. It is a moderate hike but very long! but the trail is quiet and has a few good scenic spots with a nice waterfall at the end.
this was a nice hike with plenty of views and photo ops. the trail is correctly listed as moderate as there isn't too much of an overall incline throughout the trail. my fitbit stated a total of 137 floors climbed for the hike overall. another reviewer noted that this isn't a ten mile hike. it isn't, and is between 12-13 miles. so if that extra two miles makes a difference, maybe think twice!
Hiked on 6/8/2013 by accessing the trailhead via road 6205 near Prospect. I would consider this hike to be moderate to difficult. There is a warning that the trail is impassible because of a flood that washed away part of the trail. We made our way through 4 or 5 gullys about 10-15 feet deep caused by this flood by scaling down and up rocks and uprooted trees. We were able to see where the trail started back up on the other side of the gullys because someone had already been through and placed red tape where the trail continued. Sometimes there was a stack of rocks with the red tape to show the way. We just had to choose what we felt was the best and safest way down and up. There were also some very small streams to cross and fallen trees to go over or hike up off the trail then back down. We also encountered a few patches of snow, but they did not hide the trail. All of this was worth it because of the beautiful views of the small waterfalls and Lower and Upper Red Blanket Falls and Stuart Falls. According to the GPS tracking, this hike ended up being 12.24 miles.