Explore the most popular walking 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.

1 month ago

Great views of the lake

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike on September 29th. I prefer hikes near running water, but this was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, and I’m so glad that I didn’t.

After our GPS took us the long way into the park putting us all there at different times, we made it to the trail head. It was an arduous climb, and the first gentle portion of the hike gives you what you think to be an outstanding view of what you have in store for you, as if asking you if you’re really have it in you to do it. Don’t listen. You must do this.

Once you’ve begun the climb, it’s all up hill. One member of the group and his spouse had to turn back before the first switchback because of breathing issues. Five of us continued on up the rise. It’s a 2.5 mile climb with 4 switch backs along a very well maintained trail. There are plenty of opportunities for views that you can never tire of. Every clearing in the trees is just amazing.

The 5 of us made it to the top at a staggered interval and I was able to take in the view by myself. It was so spectacular that it brought me to tears.

The clouds, smoke, and temperature drop hit us all at once, and we made a brisk retreat down the mountain.

It took us 2 hours going up and 45 minutes down. I can’t wait to do it again next year in early summer.

If you are not in a wheelchair and don’t have breathing issues, you can do this one, given enough time. Trust me! I’m fat and 48. We also passed very old people as well as people with mobility challenges, including crutches. Don’t worry about how many times you need to stop. You’ll enjoy those stops as much as the view from the top. Just go prepared.

UV protection is a must as is the potential need for wind protection.

This trail was recommended to us by the park ranger. Unlike a lot of the trails, it goes down to the lake where you can take a dip. We didn’t as it was too cold but it looks refreshing for warmer days. It was a nice short hike but somewhat of a challenge going back up. Doable for all!

Great hike. Did it in mid October on a weekday, so there were very few people there. Yes, it is all uphill all the way to the top, but take your time and enjoy the views from every angle. It's a fairly steady climb and there is no scrambling. Well worth your time.

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

Breathtaking views!! Pretty strenuous if unused to the altitude.

Great view of the lake and wildlife

hiking
2 months ago

The view from the top is excellent

Beautiful views throughout with presence of great amount of shade.

Beautiful views throughout with presence of great amount of shade.

simply spectacular. we totally scored with the weather. we were here last year same time and smoke from wildfires made visibility = zero, yesterday visibility was infinity. this is a must see must do hike.

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.

Very enjoyable hike! The parking lot is relatively small, some street parking nearby.

The trail curves towards the back of the mountain surrounded by large pines and firs. The elevation is slow and steady, trail is very well maintained.

The view away from the lake is just as impressive as the lake itself - old growth forests as far as the eye can see!

hiking
2 months ago

Great, well defined trail. Spectacular views of Crater Lake. It was challenging due to the elevation but there were plenty of view points to stop and rest. We did this in September and the weather was clear and cool. Highly recommend this trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely STUNNING views of Crater Lake and the surrounding mountains. Moderately challenging and the payoff is well worth it.

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.

Amazing views of the lake all the way up.

walking
2 months ago

My family and I did this trail when we were camping at Crater Lake. The views were spectacular.

hiking
2 months ago

The perfect hike. So many beautiful views and the trail was fun. We went in mid September and the weather was amazing. It took us about 2 hours, which included lots of stops for photos and taking in the scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very popular trail. And for good reason.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little trail to the falls with no one around. I did it fairly early in the morning. When I got to the falls I saw a Rock Chuck or also known as a Marmot by the falls. That was interesting since I've only seen a few and it was the first my dog has seen.

hiking
2 months 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...

Hard to believe, but it's even more breathtaking then you ever imagine it to be.

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