Sun Notch Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Sun Notch Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Crater Lake, OR that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.8 miles 121 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly



trail running




wild flowers



This is a quick loop off of Rim Road to a terrific viewpoint over Crater Lake down to the Phantom Ship Island below. You'll have great views of the towering walls of the rim around you as you hike across a nice meadow to the edge of the rim.

16 days ago

Easy trail with beautiful views

17 days ago

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!

1 month ago

1 month ago

very beautiful.

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1 year ago

Short loop, semi-steep incline for some with a very well maintained trail. What makes it worth it are the views. Incredible views of all the major points and at an angle that most pictures are not taken at.

2 years ago

Short and easy with several incredible views. There are multiple lookouts, each with a different glimpse of the lake. This was our first hike on the trip and it was a great introduction to the lake.

3 years ago

This trail is short and offers a spectacular view of the Phantom Ship and the lake itself. Pay attention to the proper trailhead as it has moved from the old position. The new trail is well groomed and easy to see and efforts are currently underway to control the erosion caused by the placement of the old trail. The overlooks are strategically placed giving you the best views possible. A great hike for the kids, short enough and well worth the effort.