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Best trails in Crater Lake National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Crater Lake National Park ranging from 1.6 to 80.5 miles and from 5,885 to 8,914 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and the park also has more than 170,000 acres of old growth forest. The park is open year-round, 24 hours a day. But many of the park's roads, trails, and facilities are closed seasonally due to snow. Visit the park page to see current conditions and find out what's open in the park today. Shorten your wait at the park by buying a pass in advance. Visit: https://www.yourpassnow.com/parkpass Park Fee Payment can be made by cash or credit card upon arriving at the park. Your fees are put to work improving visitor services and facilities. Thank you for supporting your national parks! Cars - $30 in the summer (May 22-October 31), $20 in the winter (November 1-May 21). Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle (15-passenger capacity or less) and all occupants. Good for 7 days. Motorcycles - $25 in the summer (May 22-October 31), $20 in the winter (November 1-May 21). Admits one or two passengers on a private, non-commercial motorcycle. Good for 7 days. Bicycles & Pedestrians - $15 per individual. Admits one individual with no car (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian). Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge. Good for 7 days. Commercial Vehicles - Fees for commercial vehicles are based on the capacity of the vehicle, not the number of passengers on board: Capacity of 1 to 6 passengers - $25 + $5 per passenger Capacity of 7 to 15 passengers - $75 Capacity of 16 to 25 passengers - $100 Capacity of 26 or more passengers - $200
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Map of trails in Crater Lake National Park
Park information
Acreage
183224 acres
Top trails (23)
#1 - Garfield Peak Trail [CLOSED]
Crater Lake National Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
This is the one of the most popular hiking trails in Crater Lake with close proximity to the Rim Village and Crater Lake Lodge. There are spectacular panoramic views of the entire lake and other high Show more
#2 - Cleetwood Cove Trail [CLOSED]
Crater Lake National Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Steep down and back hike from Crater Lake Rim road to the shoreline near the only boat dock in the park offering spectacular views of the lake and surrounding rim. Cleetwood Cove trail offer the onlyShow more
#3 - The Watchman Peak Trail [CLOSED]
Crater Lake National Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 54 m
Please note: this trail may close seasonally, sometimes even into July. Please check with park prior to your visit. The Watchman Peak Trail in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, is a moderately steepShow more
#4 - Mount Scott Trail [CLOSED]
Crater Lake National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
A fun ascent of Mt. Scott, the highest point of Crater Lake. You'll have amazing views of the lake below. Please note: there is a fee to enter the park.Show more
#5 - Discovery Point Trail [CLOSED]
Crater Lake National Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more
#6 - Wizard Island Trail [CLOSED]
Crater Lake National Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
In order to get to Wizard Island, you have to get to the boat dock on the lakeshore via Cleetwood Cove Trail. It is a steep walk down, and you will need to walk back up on the way back- this part willShow more
#7 - Plaikni Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Crater Lake National Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 54 m
The trail begins with old growth fir and hemlock forest all around which provide a nice bit of shade. Plaikni Falls trail is a pleasant hike and relatively easy at 1.1 miles to the waterfall (2.2 mileShow more
#8 - Crater Lake Rim Scenic Drive [CLOSED]
Crater Lake National Park
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Length: 50.2 mi
Note: Crater Lake East Rim is CLOSED due to the snow. Please check with the park page before attempting. This route will take you on a drive around the 33 mile Crater Lake Rim Road stopping at the beShow more
#9 - Sun Notch Trail [CLOSED]
Crater Lake National Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 24 m
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 acShow more
#10 - Pinnacles Valley Trail [CLOSED]
Crater Lake National Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 18 m
This is an easy flat hike along the rim of a steep valley that features pinnacle shaped volcanic spires. It is located in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. This trail makes for an easy walk along thShow more
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