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Crater Lake lies in the caldera of Mount Mazama formed 7,700 years ago after an eruption. It is the deepest lake in the United States and is known for its blue color and water clarity. There are two islands in the lake, and, with no inlets or outlets, all water comes through precipitation.

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing hike! Beautiful.

Bring bug spray. Lots of mosquitos. Relatively flat easy hike, nice fall at the end.

This is an amazing, but difficult hike. I highly recommend hiking poles for both down and up. The reward is breathtaking views down and at lakes edge. The water is the most clear I’ve ever seen! The water was cold 42 degrees today, but felt good on tired feet! The hike up took us a hour, but we stopped often. Pack light, but take food and water. And if you are crazy enough to swim, take a towel, because you can jump off cliffs into the cleanest lake in the US, maybe the world.

I did this hike on 6-19-18. There is a danger sign because of snow. There is only one tricky part at the very end where its pretty steep and you have to climb up snow. Bring trekking poles or use a stick like I did. Otherwise most of the snow is gone. Absolutely beautiful!!!!

Most national parks have no trails that allow dogs. This trail is nice for getting the doggo out to stretch its legs

hiking
7 days ago

I did this trail on Jun 16. Most of the trail ~90% was clear of snow. The remaining portion with patches of snow was also very easy to walk through. The view was absolutely worth it at the top.

hiking
10 days ago

We did this one yesterday. As previously mentioned, there is a trail closed sign about 1/4 way up, but everybody continued passed it. About 3/4 way up, there is a 100 yard snowfield but the path is easily seen and crossed. Just short of the top, there is a more challenging snowfield perhaps 50 yards long. It’s easier going up then down. That being said, my 12 year old daughter, an avid hiker, had no issues. The short remaining trail to the top is no problem.

Hiked about 1.5 miles in. Some snow so went back. Beautiful hike

hiking
16 days ago

Just hiked this trail today- June 7 2018. The trail was closed off about a third of the way up, but we ignored it with caution and kept hiking. Made it less than a quarter mile from the peak before the snow actually got too deep to hike without crampons or snowshoes. As we were headed back down, a couple more groups were just making their way past the warning signs. The seclusion and views at the top were definitely worth taking the trail as far as we could go.

hiking
23 days ago

My favorite hike at Crater Lake NP, thought no views of the lake. You will hike through all the fir trees you can imagine. Lots of dead trees at the base makes it suddenly makes the trial eerie. As the peak you'll see Klamath Basin. Slept here for the night and only saw two people the whole time- and that was in the morning hiking back. Highly recommended!

hiking
23 days ago

One of the only spots you can see Crater Lake. The first half is brutal. It's a gradual incline on the edge of the mountain that seems to go on forever. You'll be relieved one you rach the first switchback. Very cold and windy at the top compared to the base. Beautiful beautiful view at the end.

hiking
26 days ago

Hikes this today 5/28/18. My FitBit watch said it was over 13 miles round trip, but I did go off trail a few times to navigate over and around the snow. It was pretty strenuous due to the amount of snow still on the ground. This would’ve probably been a beautiful hike, but a large portion of the forest has been burned out due to the fires in 2017. There are a lot of burnt trees covering the trail and my hiking pack, as well as the clothes I wore, both had black streaks on them from rubbing on the trees as I went around them. I managed to make it to the falls using the gps feature on AllTrails and The Hiking Project apps. I did fall a few times because the snow sucked my leg in up to mid thigh. Overall, it was a good workout, but I think you can probably find a lot better waterfall elsewhere. Happy exploring.

on Garfield Peak Trail

27 days ago

There was a sign blocking the trail saying it was closed due to dangerous conditions. Like everyone else, we ignored it and it was worth it. The hike up wasn't bad and the views were amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

wonderful trail we got to the waters edge and lighting started and were told to hike back out still great day

Could only do the very first part because of the snow and steep ramps but the views were amazing. You'll dig into the snow (about a foot) so it's pretty strenuous, but you'll probably be all alone.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice flat stroll out to some interesting volcanic spires caused by erosion that look similar to the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon... maybe worth a stop if you have 30-45 minutes to spare. TH is at the end of Pinnacles Spur Road, 7 miles south of Phantom Ship Overlook/7 miles from Steele Info Ctr.

hiking
1 month ago

Short, relatively easy stroll up to a viewpoint of the Phantom Ship and other viewpoints of Crater Lake. Would not consider this if you plan to do Watchman's Peak or Garfield Peak or Mt. Scott, as the views are better on those hikes. This does deliver a fairly nice view of the ship. Maybe worth a stop if your time allows.

amazing hike

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice way to start a long weekend in Crater Lake NP. Easy, walking access from Mazama Campground and the trail wasn't too crowded during midday on a weekday. Great canyon scenery and views of pinnacles, striations, and other "geological stuff." The trail often meanders along creekside. Wildflowers abound. Wonderfully welcoming trail.

nature trips
4 months ago

Short, easy trail. Nice views of pinnacles. Keep an eye on toddlers! May be an opportunity for some notable photography at dawn and dusk.

hiking
4 months ago

If you like trails sparsely populated by humans, this is a good one. I had some difficulty finding the trailhead and luckily parked at a picnic area (Lodgepole Picnic site) across Hwy 62 and decided to follow the only trailhead I could find, that for Pumice Flats, which was Stuart Falls Trail. The trail starts with easy inclines through an open and sun-dappled stretch of lodgepole pine. There are bears in the area, and it looked to me that they were recent visitors, if I identified the scat right. The trail meanders through the lodgepole into increasing elevation changes, more rocky terrain, with a change to doug fir. One memorable moment was coming up out of a bottom below a forested bluff to find a cliffside view of turkey vultures sunning themselves. They turned slowly around to take a look at me before spreading their wings and falling off the cliff edge. They soared back upward and around and circled over me closely, curious. Looking south toward Goose Nest and Goose Egg peaks, it was strikingly apparent that I did not have any human company and between the vultures, the bear scat and the strong scent of ammonia (read: not bears) further down the trail, it was equally apparent that I was not a creature alone. I hiked this trail in mid August during a very dry year and when I came to the second of two creek crossings and realized the water supply was barely measurable, I did not continue to the falls and complete this trail that day. However, the flora, topography, views, the scarcity of human company, and the opportunity to cross paths with various fauna makes this a very special and personally valuable trail and I look forward to returning. Keep this one wild, folks! It's a treasure.
Note: The Fall itself is actually outside of the southern park boundary of Crater Lake NP.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, wooded trail that winds through wet bottom area with reasonably gentle incline toward the Fall. Much insect life to observe such as a myriad of butterflies and very large, black beetles. This is a great trail for curious, little kids! Trail is maintained well by the park and appears to be weathering constant use. It is not a lightly-trafficked trail. The Fall attracts plenty of visitors, and rightly so. Large and refreshing in late summer, it's a beautiful jewel in the Crater Lake crown.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Did this portion while snow camping towards watchmen tower. Easy to follow the closed road and the views were great!

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent late summer hike even with wildfire smoke. Moderate rating but easy for seasoned hikers with a mostly level trail and gradual incline. Energetic school-aged kiddos could do this trail. Interesting flora if little fauna. Beautiful views and a diversity of colorful minerals to see. Wildfire tower was locked up but USGS medallion was easy to locate. I didn't see one human soul on this hike in mid-August. Surprising.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike located within Crater Lake National Park. Excellent views of the entire lake. You can see Diamond Lake and Mt. Thielsen off in the distance.

on Garfield Peak Trail

5 months ago

Good but hard

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing hike. Incredible views on the way down, a bit strenuous on the way back up. Make sure you cliff jump into the lake! Absolutely recommend.

Got lucky with a beautiful, sunny, low wind day. The snow was dense so was able to walk with microspikes to Discovery Point easily. Views are surreal. Snowshoes came in handy when I extended my hike to Watchman Overlook for an ~8 mile RT. Didn't see a winter trail to Watchman Peak, which may be OK as there was a lot of loose snow and ice on the steep incline. Depending on where you drive in from make sure your GPS knows only the South road is open during winter time.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Weather was great and we got a great view of the lake and Wizard Island. Rented snowshoes from gift shop and cafe in Rim Village ($16 for 24 hrs). From Rim Village to the Watchmen it is about 4 miles (8 miles round trip) and took us a total of 4.5 hours there and back. You can’t get to the peak with all the snow though.

Hiked this trail because it's only official access to Crater Lake I'm aware of. The boat tours, light fishing and swimming in its very cold water. Trail is switchback from parking down to waters edge. Flat surface but steep inclines even with switchbacks.

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