Explore the most popular lake trails in Crater Lake National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
7 days 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
20 days 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.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

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

on Garfield Peak Trail

4 months ago

Good but hard

hiking
4 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
4 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of fun jumping in to the water, it was very cold, but clear and blue. Very quick to.

hiking
4 months ago

Really fun! We didn't get the whole view because go the smoke from the forest fire, but it was still pretty.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this one in August 2016. It’s a short and sweet little hike. Moderately steep. I definitely had to take a few short breaks because of the elevation. It’s about 8000 ft. at the peak. But overall very scenic and wonderful views!

Easy but beautiful walk through the forest with amazing views of Crater Lake and the Phantom Ship.

Short and sweet, amazing view

hiking
7 months ago

High "return on effort", great views for an easy hike (should not be classified as "moderate", though)

Very scenic, moderately steep trail with panoramic views of the area.

hiking
7 months ago

Steep hike but easy! Beginning of it is all just heading down to the shore. Once you get there, there will be a spectacular up close view of the deepest and clearest lake in America! Play in it! Then hike back up and that's it

hiking
7 months ago

Great view of the phantom ship!

Great, easy hike with beautiful views.

Stunning!

Steep. Loved it.

Great sunrise hike. Wonderful views. Wide trail.

Amazing views, the smoke was almost gone. We even got the chance to jump from a cliff, don't forget your swimming suit, even though the water was a bit cold, it was an amazing experience. Also it will refresh you before your way up!

hiking
8 months ago

Well maintained trail that leads down to the lake access point. Has a good jumping rock and the water is crystal clear and great for swimming. Super barefoot friendly!

A nice little Trail with beautiful views!

Beautiful, nice scenic hikes and view. Only negative is no dogs allowed

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail, However lake wasn't seen today due to fires - you can swim in lake and there is a place to juno from a cliff

Views!

scenic driving
8 months ago

Great way to see all of Crater Lake. It wasn't crowded so it was an easy drive. Plenty of scenic lookout stops to take great pictures of the lake, Wizard Island and Phantom Ship from various vantage points. There were road constructions on a section of the West Rim, so the surface if the road was rough there, but the rest of the road was fully paved.

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