Castle Crest Wildflower Garden Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Chiloquin, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until October.

Length1.2 miElevation gain121 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingWalkingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsFeeNo dogs
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Getting There

Crater Lake National Park charges a fee to enter or you can purchase an annual park-specific pass. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842

Directions from Annie Spring Entrance Station: Drive 4 miles northward to the Steel Information Center. The trailhead lies across Rim Drive from Park Headquarters.

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No flowers this time of year. Flowing water was nice, but nothing to write home about

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Cora Duarte
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Hiking

Such a beautiful short hike. The smell of pine in the fall was wonderful. There’s a small river that runs near the loop so you can hear it the entire time and it even wets some of the stones you walk through in the trail. I’m sure it’s even more beautiful early in the summer when everything in the garden is flowering.

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Goutham Nandan
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HikingGreat!

Missed the flowers by a couple of days I guess. Its more like a walk in the park than a hiking trail. There is a small section with flowers, when I went on Sept 6th all flowers had dried out.

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Paul Remmenga
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Nathan Maynard
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Nature tripsGreat!

The trail is a rock path with water flowing between the path a spots. Very little elevation gain and the area is very lush and green even in August. Great for wildflowers and shade from the sun.

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Angela Liu
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Bert Wander
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Just beautiful!

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Justin P
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely gorgeous and worth the stop, even though it’s short and easy. Picturesque and serene with the stream gurgling along. A couple slippery spots on the rocks toward the start of the loop, but sure footing otherwise. As others have noted, heavy on the mosquitoes... a good reason to shorten your hike to about a half-mile hike by starting from the parking area seen midway through the mapped trail.

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L Mo
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Insanely gorgeous and magical garden of wildflowers and streams.

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Carla Jones
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HikingBugs

We just did it today, and being end of July there were not many flowers in bloom anymore, some scattered but the highlight was the deer that passed by. Rest of reviews mentioning the mosquitos are completely true, doll up on bug spray! We were devoured by them.

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Shauna Johnson
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This is a short beautiful walk through areas with tons of wildflowers this time of year - third week of July. Parts of the trail have a lot of water going through them so be prepared to get a little wet. We went late afternoon, so would imagine the light in the morning would be perfect! Bring bug spray and Chacos!

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Tina Nguyen
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HikingSnow

I came late ( October/6/19) no flowers but it very pretty with snow on the ground

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Paula Cox
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No flowers too late so lots of poisonous Amanita mushrooms

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Rachel Lundy
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Really easy and short trail. The wildflowers were so pretty! Part of the trail is under construction but there is a detour so we were still able to make the entire loop.

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Jan Flowers Burke
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Easy and short, but beautiful! Working on replacing the bridge, so need a little balance to cross the single temporary log.

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Leland Schmidt
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7.25.19: No snow. No wildflowers either. Last portion of the trail is closed for a construction project.

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Conagher Haun
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Snowing, snow drifts, 1.4 miles uphill one way. Takes you to a viewpoint of the lake that you wouldn’t get to see otherwise. Quite an experience.

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Bill Crain
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Hiking

For some reason I didn't get a track on this one. Nice little trail with no wildflowers this time of the year. I did it late in the day with not a single person on the trail.

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Kylie Rogers
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Easy hike with lots of water features. Went counterclockwise from the trail head. No booklets were left to purchase as of 8/5. Not too crowded but it could have been because the wildfire smoke was rolling in. Lots of plants, streams and stepping stones. Quite a few bees.

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Steve Maloney
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Nice trail. Liked going counter clockwise. Crossing several small streams covered with wild flowers. Moving water and wildflowers make a wonderful time. Donated a dollar and kept the wildflower booklet offered at the trail head.

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Lois Moore
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Unbelievably gorgeous in mid-July with rainbows of flowers and mossy springs gurgling across the stones of the path. Quick and lovely leg-stretch for adults with parking on the East Rim Road. Excellent for children (kindergarten and up?) to explore. Little girls might like to pretend fairies live by the smallest spring trickles. Mosquito-infested. Definitely not wheelchair accessible.

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Jon Robertie
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Hiking

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!

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June Orleander
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Hiking

Very beautiful little trail just across the street from Steel Visitor Center. Flowers, meadows, creek. Flat at first and then goes up a little bit. Convenient parking.

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Beth Sanders
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Walking

So I've done this trail twice with visitors: once it was pretty spectacular for it's length with such a diversity of wildflowers, but last week it was still very snow covered. We could see things popping up, but no color yet! It is a nice short walk, and is good for just that.

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George McKee
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I would have rated this higher but we went in late August and, as expected, were too late for any significant wildflowers. I can imagine how beautiful this little hike would be in early spring. We also got off on the wrong trail and found ourselves at the park headquarters. Turning back we finally found the proper trail. It is short but had the wildflowers been present, would have taken us a lot longer to complete the trek. The trail does meander across a small and beautiful stream several times and is very tranquil experience.

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Michael Collodi
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Michael Levin
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Michaiah Annear
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Nicole Menasco
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