Crater Lake Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Elk Mountain, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Arlington: Travel 11 miles south on Forest Road #111, 1.5 miles south on Forest Road #101 and 2 miles northeast on Primitive Road #113.
As said before the first 1.8miles pretty easy if you are use to hiking at altitude. The hill down is hard and of course you have to go back up. That is about .5 miles. Beautiful place. There is also a campground on the opposite side and the trail from that campground is easier but twice as long. 4 miles one way. Also, come through the town of Arlington. Much shorter trip. The map took us through elk mountain which is longer but pretty none the less.
Great trail awesome views
Great short hike. Good brookie fishing in the lake.
Great day hike! Went late June and there was still snow. My dog and I were the only ones on the trail that day (out and back). The trail was easy unless you make the descent to the lake, which is all switchback, coming back up was strenuous but short. There is also a developed campsite at the lake. It is one of the most peaceful places I have been in my life. Saw a moose driving to the trailhead.