Explore the most popular Wildlife 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.

Beautiful area is one of my top 10 favorite destinations in the whole US. Breath taking.

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icy
snow
10 days ago

scenic driving
18 days ago

Crater Lake is an enchanting experience. This drive will let you view the ‘Crater Lake Blue’ from everyone direction. For my full trip report with pics and story go to: https://nationalparkshikingpursuingbalancethruadventure.wordpress.com/2020/01/26/scenic-rim-drive/

hiking
18 days ago

A dip in Crater Lake, some of the purist water on earth, is in my opinion a must do while at Crater Lake. The ‘Crater Lake Blue’ is something you won’t forget. For my full trip review including story, pics, and cliff jumping videos go to https://nationalparkshikingpursuingbalancethruadventure.wordpress.com/2020/01/28/cleetwood-cove-trail/

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rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Excellent trail to enjoy Crater Lake. We hiked up on New Years Eve, couldn’t make it to the peak because the snow cover was to deep along the ridge. Well worth the views half way up though. Road was open all the way to the village. Micro-spikes or snow shoes are recommended.

Did this one in July and it was amazing! Busy during the summer but great views!

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike today. We didn’t have snowshoes and couldn’t go further than a mile. The view of Wizard island and Crater lake was amazing from the view points. You may check the avalanche hazard before doing this hike. You can rent snowshoes from Rim village cafe for 20$.

October 2019

hiking
2 months ago

This is an extremely easy and pretty short trail. It’s more of a walk but the waterfall is beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a pretty easy hike for a spectacular view. It’s a must when visiting crater lake. I saw a lot of people bring their dogs... which definitely isn’t cool. They have no dog rules for a reason— to preserve plants and habitats in and around the trail. Please respect these rules!

hiking
2 months ago

A pretty short hike but it leads you down to the water which is cool! I didn’t know they did boat tours until I got down there.

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snow
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Mostly just a way to get down to the water. Cool if that is what you are trying to do.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail if you want to some good views of crater lake. Well kept as well, usually doesn't melt out until June, sometimes not even until July.

hiking
3 months ago

Went last year, early July. Easy trail—expect lots of foot traffic. Beautiful wildflowers. Breeding grounds for butterflies. Park Ranger had asked that we watch our footing so as to not harm them. Gorgeous “Blues”. Found some reviews/info here: http://hipsterbirders.blogspot.com/2015/11/butterflies-of-crater-lake-national-park.html?m=1

hiking
3 months ago

Breath taking trail. This is an official alternate for the PCT so we had to do it. Fantastic awe inspiring views. We did this in September 2019 on Friday morning so it wasn’t too crowded. Camped in the national park campground the night before then started on the rim trail the next morning. Ended the day at Grouse Hill campsite

hiking
3 months ago

I don't know if I would consider this a trail as much as a way to get from the ridge/road down to the waters edge and boat dock. This trail is the only way to get to the water for everyone. It is pretty easy going down, but coming back up is strenuous. It is all steep incline. I would totally recommended it though to go to the waters edge and take a dip, and if you are there in season, totally do the lake boat tour! So worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on Oct 20th. Snow covered, some post-holing. Hiked the whole way with micro spikes, poles would have been helpful. Dang, what a gorgeous trail in the snow!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, shaded in some parts but majority of it will be in the open. You will find the occasional tree to get some shade and rest. Hike is challenging but not crazy difficult. The view at the top is spectacular but it is very crowded and there is no place to really enjoy the view or grab a quick lunch with the crater lake view. Be sure to go on a moderately sunny day!

hiking
4 months ago

short hike, but still challenging! Steady downhill (then back uphill) the full trail. Small cliff at the bottom... if you're feeling up to it and the weather is nice enough, it is a fun leap to take :)

The views are beautiful and the trail is great. The elevation however was murder for me, I live at 800' above sea leave so this may be listed as moderate, but the elevation change for me made this one strenuous.

hiking
4 months ago

Went for sunrise and we were the first ones on the trail. Not really much snow. Spectacular.

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snow
4 months ago

We missed the start pint of the trail at first time parked in watchman lookout, when we parked the car at the second time, we found the trail head on the right side of the lookout. There were snow on the shallow side of the mountain and slippery at the beginning of 100 meters. The view was extremely beautiful and breathtaking. Definitely it is must do it trail in the park. I hope we could stay in the camping site next time and have more time to do hiking trail in the park.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing views of beautiful crater lake. Moderately steep climb with some steep slopes off the trail that might make some uncomfortable (including 2 in our group.) Did the in and back hike in 2 hours. Really spectacular. Lunch at the lodge is very tasty, too, at the end of the hike.

hiking
4 months ago

I really enjoyed looking down on Wizard island (plus the wind died down considerable once we got above the parking lot elevation)

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

A little slush and a straight incline up. Would not recommend for sunset on a cloudy day

Not a long hike but a good one. It’s no joke though-the down hill assent is hard on the knees so not for those with bad knees or canes. The uphill while steep isn’t too bad once your about half way up again. We did it with 6 kids all 11 and under so it’s doable.

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