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Step but with the views. Get the boat to wizard island for an amazing day in the park.

Totally worth the trek up! Stunning views, plus a jump in the lake at the end!

Fantastic hike. A little challenging, but great.

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3 days ago

A must do for anyone hiking in or near Crater! Reserve your spot on the shuttle to Wizard Island (3 hour tour is cool). Big steep day, quick elevation change unexpectedly hit me at the summit, but it was also due to the smoke from fires. Jump in the cold clear lake near the docks, sun yourself & picnic til the shuttle returns. Prepare for your incline back out of this magical place. Plenty of benches to pause at on the way back up, take a breath and enjoy the scenery.

hiking
4 days ago

All those writing about hopping the fence to go see the waterfall should know that a young man did that and apparently fell to his death today. The fences are in place for a reason....stay on the trail and view the falls from the observation area.

hiking
5 days ago

Loads of stairs, I’m no fan of the heights. If you have a fear of heights, you might want to stay off this trail. There are several other nearby waterfalls where you are on land the whole time, half of this was on the edge.

hiking
5 days ago

We returned this year and the hike down to Crater Lake was just as memorable, but also more crowded. We had absolutely perfect weather and the water was as blue as ever. We chose to drive around the lake rather than take the boat tour to Wizard Island. Suspect one day we'll do that too. Worth the half hour down and 45 minutes up. Enjoy!

Short trail with lots of switchbacks, it’s shaded and has benches along the way. Very well maintained and is the only trail that takes you to the water

Quick hour-total hike to the only point to access the waters of Crater Lake. Thankfully, the smoke from the nearby wildfires blew in a different direction thanks to a shift in the winds so it wasn’t nearly as smoky as was the past couple days. Going down was easy but just remember you have to go back up!

Nice, quick hike that offers amazing views of both the entire lake and Wizard Island.

This trail is pretty cool and super short. You also get views of the river most of the way. Unfortunately you have to hope the fence to actually get down to the waterfall. Otherwise cool and easy. Worth your time. Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists

hiking
11 days ago

This trail has ALL OF THE STAIRS! I think the sign at the trailhead said something like 97 up and 120 something down...
I was a little disappointed to find that the trail takes you to an observation deck. To get down to the falls, you have to climb over the metal fence and railing to a steep, rocky path that is not part of a maintained trail. The way down looked doable if you have good balance (I watched a group of 5 do it) but I’m not so sure about getting back up. I didn’t trust myself for the descent or ascent so there was that.
The view from the observation deck is beautiful and there is a bench.
The parking lot has a lot of garbage and toilet paper in the trees and bushes despite there being one vault toilet available for use.

hiking
12 days ago

1.5 hrs (1 hr up and 30 mins down) with 11 and 15 yr olds. Great views of the lake. Crowded but 4 stars due to smoke from wild fires. We got the views and we could see all the way across but not the deep blue color! Keep an eye on the crater webcam if you are not staying at the lodge. Dry and steep going up and starts at 7k ft so take water. And have lunch at the lodge after, while you wait for your table have a drink in a rocking chair on the patio overlooking the lake.

Love this hike, gives great views of the basin, crater lake, wizard island & phantom ship. It is short but it is all uphill. I went to watch the sunset on Garfield & I passed only two people who were headed down while I was going up

Pretty easy hike, just has a lot of stairs. I didn’t climb down to the bottom though

Worth it. 10/10 recommend

awesome hike, best to do in the early am. we started at 630, no one was on the trail. far busier after 8.

hiking
14 days ago

Did this trail early this morning (8/3) with spectacular weather and minimal crowds until the descent. I had the peak to myself for upwards of 45 minutes. I must stress the extreme crowds toward early afternoon-mid day. The hike is entirely uphill until you reach the peak, but nothing a moderately in shape person couldn’t do. Go early and enjoy!

This is a well done trail and is exactly how it's described. It is strenuous especially on the way back up. It is not meant for elderly or unprepared. We did the boat tour to Wizard Island which was awesome.

hiking
19 days ago

The perfect hike... highest point in CLNP, Mt. Scott is a mostly open hike around the right hand side of the cone, with a nice ridge along the top and great views in all directions. Awesome spot to view Crater Lake and surrounding peaks, this 5 miler offers about a 1300 ft. elevation gain and a gradual climb most of the way. One of my favorites, don't miss it. Know that most years, the trail doesn't open until July due to snows, but the lack of snow this year left it wide open. Enjoy!

hiking
21 days ago

Bring your camera! Hike was considered "easy", but FYI there are a lot of stairs and uneven surfaces.

hiking
22 days ago

Short but steep hike to the shore and back. A good way to jump in and swim in the lake.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice short hike with great views of the Lake as well as Wizard Island. Some snow left but the top of the hike is accessible. High traffic.

Another cool lookout/peak to hike up to. Views are incredible. Trail is relatively easy, just all uphill!

Short and sweet. Well maintained, fairly easy uphill trail. Lookout is locked up and in rough shape but it's definitely worth the quick trip.

Very well maintained and easy to walk on trail. Yes, it's all up/down but it's short and very well maintained and wide. My 8 year old couldn't get enough of the big rock that everyone jumped off of... He loved it!

Very fun experience! Loved jumping off the dock afterwards.

Trail was short but steep. However, there are fires in Oregon right now and the area is very smoky. Visibility is limited. Views were still good at the bottom of the hike, but lake views from the top were almost impossible to see. Good quick workout though, may be back to this park at some point in the future.

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike. Not too busy with amazing views at the top

hiking
27 days ago

had a great time on this trail, pretty nice pitch on the way up definitely broke a sweat, views are stunning most of the way up if not all the way up to and then incredible at the top, you can see all of Crater Lake and really see where the volcano cave Den, way back down is fun, I Trail ran some of the way down so if you're into that you can get a little bit of that in, and if you're in better shape than I am you could probably trail run up too

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