Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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
23 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice way to start a long weekend in Crater Lake NP. Easy, walking access from Mazama Campground and the trail wasn't too crowded during midday on a weekday. Great canyon scenery and views of pinnacles, striations, and other "geological stuff." The trail often meanders along creekside. Wildflowers abound. Wonderfully welcoming trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, wooded trail that winds through wet bottom area with reasonably gentle incline toward the Fall. Much insect life to observe such as a myriad of butterflies and very large, black beetles. This is a great trail for curious, little kids! Trail is maintained well by the park and appears to be weathering constant use. It is not a lightly-trafficked trail. The Fall attracts plenty of visitors, and rightly so. Large and refreshing in late summer, it's a beautiful jewel in the Crater Lake crown.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent late summer hike even with wildfire smoke. Moderate rating but easy for seasoned hikers with a mostly level trail and gradual incline. Energetic school-aged kiddos could do this trail. Interesting flora if little fauna. Beautiful views and a diversity of colorful minerals to see. Wildfire tower was locked up but USGS medallion was easy to locate. I didn't see one human soul on this hike in mid-August. Surprising.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike located within Crater Lake National Park. Excellent views of the entire lake. You can see Diamond Lake and Mt. Thielsen off in the distance.

on Garfield Peak Trail

4 months ago

Good but hard

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.

Amazing hike! Somewhat intense but doable climb.

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
6 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.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice wide trail.

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)

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views. Don't forget this is in the national park, so being $15 to get in the park. It was cold and windy at the trailhead and sunny and warm during the hike and at the top. Not hard, gradual incline up. Took me 45 mins to get to the top with a steady pace. Highly recommend!

loved the trail. We were the first ones to hike it the morning of 10/8/2017. we started at 9:55am. It was cold and there was fresh snow on the ground. the trail is easy and well defined. The views are amazing from the top.

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

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views of the Lake. A little windy at the top, but worth it.

Absolutely worth the climb! Get a shot of the USGS markers as proof you made it to the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Great view of the phantom ship!

Great, easy hike with beautiful views.

Nice morning hike when staying within Mazama Camp.

Windy for the first mile. Great views from the entire trail.

Great sunrise hike. Wonderful views. Wide trail.

Cool trail with lots of water features and rock and wood bridges. Be ready to get your feet a little wet! Very easy, good for children and the elderly. Barefoot friendly!

A nice little Trail with beautiful views!

Beautiful Trail, liked it!

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