Explore the most popular trail running 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
14 hours 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!

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.

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.

Beautiful views throughout with presence of great amount of shade.

Beautiful views throughout with presence of great amount of shade.

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.

Everything about Crater Lake gets five stars in my book. Pretty strenuous coming back up, but it’s only a mile. Beautiful day, no smoke.

hiking
1 month ago

Five stars because it was the only place Brook could swim in Crater Lake......and she and the people waiting for the ferry enjoyed it. Nice steep hill with gorgeous views of the lake.. My phone app told me at one point it was a 25% grade. It's a bummer they haven't made a better access point for the ferry. It prevents many people from enjoying all of the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hoodoos.... Reminds me a little bit of Bryce Canyon. Very short level little trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Last hike of the day. Took some very good pics that would have been great if I'd been there 20 minutes earlier. Very easy walk...

You just have to see it. Words and pictures don’t really do it justice.

Nice easy walk to view some interesting rock formations. It's only necessary to walk a short distance to view the best formations. We walked to the park boundary where the old sign used to be, but there really aren't any better views of the pinnacles to be had by walking this far.

hiking
1 month ago

Not crowded at all when we were there. Very easy "hike" to get to the rim and view the lake and Phantom Ship. As stated before, pretty dusty on the trail. Accessible to all ages.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy peasy if you're an active hiker. I hiked with wife and kids and there were no complaints of strain on this loop. There is a bit of an uphill but it'll make the outstanding view of the lake and Phantom Ship all the worthwhile for casual strollers - and this will be more like a stroll then a hike. The trail was dusty so were appropriate shoes (opened toed shoe wearers be aware). Also, when you approach the first viewpoint on a busy day there will be jocking for photo position. Note that there are multiple viewpoints so just move along to the next one if first is crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

***The smoke today (8.6.18) was terrible!! You could not see the lake from the road and ash was covering our car. Please check the webcam before you drive out here. My son broke out in hives from the smoke while hiking. None the less it was a steep hike with a beautiful swim! Lots of elevation.

hiking
1 month ago

Phantom Ship view that’s worth the easy switch back trail to the ridge. I’d rate this as easy not moderate. The cliffs off to the east as you near the top are stunning, especially in the afternoon light.

hiking
1 month ago

A must do trail to feel the purest form of water in America's deepest lake.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike around 9:00am on Labor Day. The parking lot was half full, but the trail itself was pretty quiet. Those cars might have been for the 8:30 am ferry to Wizard Island. We only saw two couples on the trail as we headed down, but many more on the way back up. We made it down the well-designed and maintained trail in 20 minutes. Coming back up was more of a challenge, so we took advantage of the benches near the top of the trail - all of them had great views of the lake.

Well made trail, good footing all the way. Very busy on Labor Day weekend. Bathrooms at both ends of the trail. Stunning lake to swim in.

hiking
1 month ago

Given this is the highest spot in which to view Crater Lake and the surrounding peaks, it’s a no brainer to put on your to-do-list! However, do keep in mind exposure here is pronounced so happy helpings of sunscreen is highly recommended—I personally had to apply SPF 50 twice and I’m not that big of a stranger to the sun.

Additionally, the hike is pretty much a constant trek uphill, so be prepared for the lovely calf burn. Also, for whatever reason, the fire lookout was swarming with buzzing bees on the day that I went.

If you can get out to the trail early in the AM, there’s a good chance you can circumvent a large amount of crowds. On the holiday weekend I went, I really didn’t run into many hikers until I was descending the trail around 11 AM.

hiking
1 month ago

The most beautiful views you can get in the park. Starts off flat and then incline/switchbacks start til you reach the lookout. Plan for an hour and a half up and 45 minutes down. Bring a layer for the top because it gets windy/chilly. Most of the trail is exposed so recommend plenty of water and sunscreen. You’ll break a sweat but it’s very doable.

Different perspective of the lake and awesome to be so close to the water. Was very smoky so couldn't see anything on other side of the lake. Pretty steep going back up and after the day on wizard island my kids were pooped.

Steep down and back. Smoke was really bad.

hiking
2 months ago

9:30. On a Saturday. Not very busy on the way down. A dozen people around the lakeshore. Saw 6 or 7 times as many on the way back up around 11:30.

Smoke obscured the view initially. Once we were about .25m down, the smoke thinned and we got to see some nice views. Worth the trip despite the smoke.

Very steep. All downhill on the way down and uphill on the way up. 7 year old held his own. Might be rough on families that don’t hike much and have small children.

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

hiking
2 months ago

Crazy rock formations abound. Easy hike.

2 months ago

Fantastic hike. A little challenging, but great.

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