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.

Easy trail. Not necessary to go far for the best views. We went to the park boundary and saw the old stone structure that used to display the parks name. I assume this was once an access point to the park.

This was the most uninteresting walk. No good views from this trail.

This was a pretty hike. You can get the best view of Phantom Ship from here.

The hike to the falls is not scenic. Trail surface is unobstructed. The variety of flowers at the falls was nice.

This trail, for me, is an obligation. I just had to touch the water. Mostly, a well shaded trail, but not very scenic. Nice hike back up.

Excellent hike with fantastic views. My favorite so far.

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike with spectacular view at the end. Just a little too popular for my tastes though, but that's probably what I get for hiking it on a Saturday of a holiday weekend.

scenic driving
7 days ago

Stunning views. But keep an eye on the road as you drive. There are no guard rails to keep you from going over the side. Common sense right?
It gets crowded on weekends so bear that in mind as well. For those with little children and with little time, this drive is quite nice.

hiking
7 days ago

Surprising trail with a nice reward at the end. Trail is mostly flat with a slight incline at the falls. We hiked between 2-3PM when the sun is on the falls and makes better pictures. The wildflowers were awesome along with hundreds of butterflies. Don't miss this one at Crater Lake NP.

Short, flat stroll while viewing the pinnacles.

on Mount Scott Trail

8 days ago

Very rewarding hike. Couldn't quite tell if I was close to the top then all of a sudden you turn a corner and see the fire lookout not far off.

This doesn’t need another review but I had such a good time I simply must. Every second of this trail is breathtaking. Don’t be fooled by the short distance, this hike is not easy, but it’s a killer work out if you move at a good pace. I think this was a fluke incident but a few falling rocks came down from the peak as I descended and could have ended badly for me if I wasn’t paying attention, make sure to be cautious of your steps and surroundings as the trail is narrow. If you only have time for one hike here, do this hike! You won’t regret it.

Good for all ages! The views were awesome! The other hikers were friendly and that made the day that much better!

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail and only place you can swim in the park (unless you take the shuttle to Wizard Island).
Challenging hike with lots of switchbacks, but well
Worth it. You can see the clear blue water and jump off a 35ft cliff! Lots of people hanging around the water, temps were 55 degrees! The cliff jump is well worth the cold for a few minutes. But, I did not hang around to swim.
If you take the shuttle around Crater Lake, you will
Have to do this hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Highest point in the park and definitely the best 360 view. It is challenging with lots of switchbacks. But, the views are worth it.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice quick hike to an overlook of the lake. Definitely worth the time. Roughly 1.5 hr round trip plus photo and snack time. High traffic

hiking
12 days ago

Very nice trail. Quite a lot of people, so we didn’t get too close to the actual waterfall. The flowers were all in full bloom and the butterflies were plentiful. It was a simple hike with a fantastic waterfall and a rushing brook as well.

on Cleetwood Cove Trail

hiking
12 days ago

So so. Nice views of the lake.

hiking
13 days ago

Definitely worth it to hike to the bottom. Make sure you jump in and swim! Active wife and I made it up in 20-25 min.

hiking
13 days ago

Gorgeous panoramic views of crater lake at the top, and amazing views the whole way. Very steep in the beginning- would consider it more strenuous. Great spots along the way to take in the views and enjoy lunch.

An explosion of wildflowers and butterflies! The walk to the falls is on a wide, flat hard-packed gravel trail appropriate for almost all ages and abilities. Even a person being pushed in a wheelchair can go all the way up to the falls. The forest is pleasant and fragrant but ordinary. Then come the falls! We were there in mid-July and the wildflowers were spectacular—over a dozen kinds covering the creek banks in profusion. A hundred (or so) tiny blue butterflies were drinking from puddles on the path and anyone who reached down soon had a butterfly or two on their fingers. The falls are lovely, too (If you have an iPhone, take a Live Photo and convert it to long exposure!). Definitely worth taking a picnic or guitar or drawing pad and spending some time at this beautiful destination. Mosquitos are abundant. No bathroom at trailhead or anywhere on the trail.

Stunning views and great bang for your buck! A very short (less than 10 mins) walk from the parking lot to the lookout, for amazing views over the lake. We were there about lunchtime on the 4th July and miraculously had the lookout to ourselves for about 20 minutes while we ate lunch.

A very pleasant walk through the drier forest up to the wetter areas and then the waterfall. Some moderate parts but not strenuous at all - we walked it in well less than an hour, including a good stop at the falls. Definitely recommend wearing insect repellent, as the mosquitoes are relentless. Also look out for the tiny butterflies on the ground near the stop for the waterfall at the end of the trail! Several of them had been squished which was quite sad to see.

It’s a steep but short trail. We’re quite fit and we did it in ~15 mins going down and 30 mins going up, but that was at a fairly good pace and not stopping the whole way up. It’s worth it to go on the boat ride, or if it’s warm enough (and/or you’re brave enough!) to swim in the cold cold water.

Went on this hike today and it was beautiful! There is still a little bit of snow along the trail but it's off to the sides and the whole trail is open. A little steep on the way up in some parts but really not too bad. Recommend hiking shoes as it is pretty rocky.

Went on this hike and Garfield to get the full experience of Crater Lake from the bottom to the top of the lookout. It was cool to feel the water and see some people jumping off the cliffs. So beautiful and worth the hike up and down! A little bit more populated because a lot of people are going down for the boat tours. The way back up was a little rough but not too bad, it is more steep than Garfield.

hiking
15 days ago

Compared to other trails around crater lake this trail has limited views. It is the only way to get down to the water but unless you plan to fish or swim in the very cold water it is not that special.

hiking
15 days ago

Very glad we did this. The high peak offers a nice view down into the lake. At the top turn around and see an alpine meadow you did not expect. There are a lot of people doing the trail but significantly less than the shoulder to shoulder people on the rim. Chance to get away

Spectacular views as you walk to the shore of Crater Lake. .

hiking
19 days ago

A fun, short, steep hike. Be prepared for lots of mosquitoes, though.

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