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hiking
18 hours ago

Great trail. Not technical but it is difficult because of the steep grade the whole way up and down. I would prob leave the dogs and little kids at home or hike another trail with them. Really beautiful views all around at the top, even on a cloudy and rainy day. I couldn’t find the tie ins to the other trails at the top, was going to do a loop but just did an out and back. Not enough signage up there and many little trails that go nowhere.

hiking
21 days ago

Great views of the river, climbers, and everything else. This side of the river has significantly fewer people.

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked in September 2018. I did not make it the last 1/4 mile or so- the last bit is along a ridge to reach the lookout. However, there are stunning views of Crater Lake and the surrounding high desert along the whole trail so do what you can do!

great hike with the family and pups!

on Aspen Butte Trail

2 months ago

It is uphill and cross country (you won’t find a marked trail) for 1.5 miles to the summit of Aspen Butte with sits at 8200 ft. The hike starts at a trail head elevation of 6800 ft which corresponds to an elevation gain of 1400 ft. You will have to go up as straight as you can from TH (there’s no such thing, just start at any point facing the mountain which is to the right of the road) to the summit: the lodges and fallen trees will make this a little bit complicated, but it is enjoyable.

Aspen Butte is the high point in the Mountain Wilderness, which is located between Ashland and Klamath Falls. The view from the summit is outstanding. You will see 5 other peaks and 5 lakes below you. It’s a great place for lunch. The hikers will need to stay together since cross country means no trails to follow. If you have a GPS and can use it, bring it along.

From Ashland, drive east on the Dead Indian Memorial highway towards Lake of the Woods for about 28 miles. Turn right on Clover Creek road and drive towards Keno. Stop at mile post 11 and turn left on gravel road 3828, then drive 8 miles on the gravel road (it is a dead end). It’s a good road with a few small scattered rocks on it. There is no snow on the road at the time a posted this.

This is not an easy trail, but not difficult either. The moderate description is accurate from my point of view, but it will depend on your shape. It took us 1:30 hr. to get to the summit and 1:15 in the way back, plus the time you will spend enjoying the views. You will also find some good shades from trees up there.

Enjoy!

2 months ago

Great views of the lake

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike on September 29th. I prefer hikes near running water, but this was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, and I’m so glad that I didn’t.

After our GPS took us the long way into the park putting us all there at different times, we made it to the trail head. It was an arduous climb, and the first gentle portion of the hike gives you what you think to be an outstanding view of what you have in store for you, as if asking you if you’re really have it in you to do it. Don’t listen. You must do this.

Once you’ve begun the climb, it’s all up hill. One member of the group and his spouse had to turn back before the first switchback because of breathing issues. Five of us continued on up the rise. It’s a 2.5 mile climb with 4 switch backs along a very well maintained trail. There are plenty of opportunities for views that you can never tire of. Every clearing in the trees is just amazing.

The 5 of us made it to the top at a staggered interval and I was able to take in the view by myself. It was so spectacular that it brought me to tears.

The clouds, smoke, and temperature drop hit us all at once, and we made a brisk retreat down the mountain.

It took us 2 hours going up and 45 minutes down. I can’t wait to do it again next year in early summer.

If you are not in a wheelchair and don’t have breathing issues, you can do this one, given enough time. Trust me! I’m fat and 48. We also passed very old people as well as people with mobility challenges, including crutches. Don’t worry about how many times you need to stop. You’ll enjoy those stops as much as the view from the top. Just go prepared.

UV protection is a must as is the potential need for wind protection.

Completed 9-9-18

This trail was recommended to us by the park ranger. Unlike a lot of the trails, it goes down to the lake where you can take a dip. We didn’t as it was too cold but it looks refreshing for warmer days. It was a nice short hike but somewhat of a challenge going back up. Doable for all!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Did it in mid October on a weekday, so there were very few people there. Yes, it is all uphill all the way to the top, but take your time and enjoy the views from every angle. It's a fairly steady climb and there is no scrambling. Well worth your time.

great trails

hiking
3 months ago

This is an great hike for an easier view of the southern Cascades. Starts at a high elevation point and is shorter so the hike puts you higher than Mt Bailey without the intensity. Took 2.5 hours up and down. Hiked end of August and weather was fair. Not a lot of traffic for a National Park!

hiking
3 months ago

Wow... Was not expecting how cool this hike was. Amazing views all the way to the top. Felt very accomplished when we finally made it to the top. Be aware of the elevation changes, once I got to the top I started getting light headed and weak in the knees. Thankfully the climb was not very steep or it would have been a rough time getting down. Can't wait to do it again.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views. Ascent is rapid but the trail is short.

Lots of great views on a sunny day. Even great views of the lake. Rime ice was awesome on the pines as and it's only mid October. Great hike.

Breathtaking views!! Pretty strenuous if unused to the altitude.

Great view of the lake and wildlife

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike!

hiking
3 months ago

The view from the top is excellent

3 months ago

up to the dam, there is a lot of bird activity to observe. after that the road is hot and nearly devoid of interest. the way back is prettier than the way out, as you have a better view of the river. the falls we're disappointing. still, from the lake to the dam there was an amazing concentration of water birds, both variety and number. we also spotted a bald eagle.

Beautiful views throughout with presence of great amount of shade.

Beautiful views throughout with presence of great amount of shade.

simply spectacular. we totally scored with the weather. we were here last year same time and smoke from wildfires made visibility = zero, yesterday visibility was infinity. this is a must see must do hike.

This is the second time I've hiked it and it's amazing.

The wind was blowing today, up top was cold AF. Very very pretty from the trailhead to the top. Good hike!!!

Lots of switches on a wide, well-maintained path. This place becomes pretty popular on the hotter days, but the parking area is sizable.

Lounge on the rocks, freeze yourself in the water.

Very enjoyable hike! The parking lot is relatively small, some street parking nearby.

The trail curves towards the back of the mountain surrounded by large pines and firs. The elevation is slow and steady, trail is very well maintained.

The view away from the lake is just as impressive as the lake itself - old growth forests as far as the eye can see!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful little walk. Lots of birds and the butterflies followed me most of the way. I wouldn't consider the "falls" actual falls but they were still pretty. I went down one of the little slopes to where the river was calmer and it was so peaceful and kinda hidden.

hiking
4 months ago

Great, well defined trail. Spectacular views of Crater Lake. It was challenging due to the elevation but there were plenty of view points to stop and rest. We did this in September and the weather was clear and cool. Highly recommend this trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely STUNNING views of Crater Lake and the surrounding mountains. Moderately challenging and the payoff is well worth it.

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