Looking for a great trail in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Crater Lake National Park ranging from 0.8 to 80.5 miles and from 5,885 to 8,914 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Crater Lake lies in the caldera of Mount Mazama formed 7,700 years ago after an eruption. It is the deepest lake in the United States and is known for its blue color and water clarity. There are two islands in the lake, and, with no inlets or outlets, all water comes through precipitation.

Hiked on 5/11/19 in snow boots. The first half is snowy but straightforward. Then it became difficult to follow the trail with all of the snow. We made it to the second to last viewpoint before turning back. Overall great views and fun to trek through the snow!

excellent, go at begin of season or end of season and go early!

This is amazing, everyone should experience this view.

surreal view and close to the edge. A must see!

took my son visiting from Portland on this in March, unfortunately every time he comes it is cloudy. Some day he will see the Majesty of this place.

Gorgeous views of the lake at multiple points. We went in summer and STILL part of this trail was over snow! But tons of wildlife kept us company. Also, the trail is listed as moderate but be careful! The elevation equals thinner air, so take your time and take deep breaths. I have some pics of this trail posted on my Instagram if interested: @oddtoddious_pnw

hiking
snow
30 days ago

Completed on 04/20/2019: Beautiful snowy day. The trails are all completely covered in 15+ feet of snow. The visitors center and Rim Village buildings were completely covered in snow. There is no following trails at this time. We just followed Rim Drive from Rim Village. Snow shoes or skis are recommended. We did this in hiking boots with spikes. We fell through the snow several times to about knee and waist deep. It was a fun challenge. Beautiful scenery and completely worth it. We did not do the full 4 miles listed here, we completed about 1.5 miles in total. Very lightly trafficked.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Stunning views and amazing place to make memories. I hiked this trail with my family when I was younger and we got to swim in Crater Lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked in June 2018. Have to say this is one of my favorite hikes. Not too difficult. Made it to the top in an hour and a half and got to see all the amazing views of the surrounding landscape. One of the best views of the lake is from the top and the that’s 1/4 mile is a fantastic walk across a long ridge overlooking the lake on one side and eastern Oregon on the other. Such an amazing hike would strongly recommend during the summer!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked in September 2018. I did not make it the last 1/4 mile or so- the last bit is along a ridge to reach the lookout. However, there are stunning views of Crater Lake and the surrounding high desert along the whole trail so do what you can do!

hiking
6 months ago

Short (2 miles round trip), well maintained trail. I would call this family friendly (472 feet of elevation gain). Plenty of opportunities to stop and rest (and take pictures) on the way up. The views of the lake and Wizard Island were great.

6 months ago

Great views of the lake

hiking
6 months 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.

Completed 9-9-18

This is a quick, short trail with high return with the trail ending w 360 panoramic views of crater lake!

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!

hiking
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

Great, short hike. It’s a workout, but you are rewarded with terrific views. The lake is incredibly beautiful!

hiking
6 months 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!

walking
7 months ago

We were here at the end of September. This walk offers fantastic views of the lake. It’s a fairly busy trail but nearly everyone was stopping frequently to view the lake (including us!)

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months ago

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
7 months ago

The view from the top is excellent

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this trail in June 2017. Beautiful views. Bees were annoying.

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