Cleetwood Cove Trail

MODERATE 117 reviews
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Cleetwood Cove Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chiloquin, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
610 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wildlife

no dogs

Steep down and back hike from Crater Lake Rim road to the shoreline near the only boat dock in the park offering spectacular views of the lake and surrounding rim. Cleetwood Cove trail offer the only lake shore access in Crater Lake National Park and offers spectacular lake views and access to the lake at the bottom of the trail at and near the boat dock. The steep trail takes from 1.5 to 2.5 hours and is 2.2 miles RT with an elevation gain of about 700 ft. The trip up is strenuous with an 11% grade. The boat dock offers boat tours of the lake or to Wizard Island; tickets can be purchased at the parking lot at the top of the trail. One of the must do hikes in CLNP.

hiking
12 days ago

wonderful trail we got to the waters edge and lighting started and were told to hike back out still great day

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike. Incredible views on the way down, a bit strenuous on the way back up. Make sure you cliff jump into the lake! Absolutely recommend.

4 months ago

Hiked this trail because it's only official access to Crater Lake I'm aware of. The boat tours, light fishing and swimming in its very cold water. Trail is switchback from parking down to waters edge. Flat surface but steep inclines even with switchbacks.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of fun jumping in to the water, it was very cold, but clear and blue. Very quick to.

hiking
7 months ago

Steep hike but easy! Beginning of it is all just heading down to the shore. Once you get there, there will be a spectacular up close view of the deepest and clearest lake in America! Play in it! Then hike back up and that's it

7 months ago

Stunning!

8 months ago

Steep. Loved it.

8 months ago

Amazing views, the smoke was almost gone. We even got the chance to jump from a cliff, don't forget your swimming suit, even though the water was a bit cold, it was an amazing experience. Also it will refresh you before your way up!

hiking
8 months ago

Well maintained trail that leads down to the lake access point. Has a good jumping rock and the water is crystal clear and great for swimming. Super barefoot friendly!

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail, However lake wasn't seen today due to fires - you can swim in lake and there is a place to juno from a cliff

hiking
8 months ago

Loved it for the whole family!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice, short trail. Switchbacks. Great views of the lake. There are bathrooms available and places to sit and admire the views. Boat deck is at the bottom of the trail and boats leave from there. From here you can swim in the lake. The water is about 50 degrees F in August.

hiking
8 months ago

Very scenic trail, quite the hike back up, but very proud of my 5-yr dol doing it.

9 months ago

Would definitely do this trail again. Short but steep on the way out. Don't forget your swim suit - the rock jump into Crater Lake is a high point of the trail. Start early to avoid some of the crowd.

Great hike. Make sure you bring your bathing suit because the water is fantastic. Hike back up is not so bad as long as you pace yourself.

9 months ago

Loved this trail. The trail is steep but short. I hiked this trail in the summer, and I definitely recommend it. If you are hiking in the summer you should leave early and get to the trail by 9 otherwise it's too hot. Definitely recommend swimming in the lake.

hiking
9 months ago

Well maintained trail, gradual switchbacks, partially shaded. Not strenuous, hiked it with my 65 year old mother. Bathrooms at the bottom. Water is excellent and refreshing, don't leave without jumping in!

hiking
9 months ago

A steep crowded trail brings you to the water which is nice to dip into.

hiking
9 months ago

Bring your hiking poles! This hike is SO worth it. The hike up is steep but there are plenty of stopping points to catch a breath. Bring your swim suit! You'll want to jump in!

hiking
9 months ago

Fun Hike, the trip back is a bit of a challenge, if your not in shape, but doable. Worth the hike if you want to see Crater lake from a different angle. If you daring you can go for a swim, might want to get an early, could get warm mid day

9 months ago

Beautiful! I wore our two year old in the pack for this one's steep descent/climb. The water was beautiful and refreshing. Pace yourself for the hike up.

9 months ago

Beautiful! The walk back up the mountain was pretty brutal!

hiking
9 months ago

The best place i have been yet! Bring water, though if you are lucky take the boat ride to wizard island, they may stop and let you fill your water bottle fro. the lake. So good! Jump rock into the water, it is COLD. Hike back to the top is 65 storys, take breaks. Do this hike! A+. Beautiful. Nice footing on trail

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

5 on a weekday, 3 on a weekend

hiking
10 months ago

The hike was really good. Wider path and amazing view of crater lake. Just make sure to carry mosquito repellant as it gets really bad in the evenings. Its a must do hike in CL area

hiking
11 months ago

The trail itself is basically a set of switchbacks so that you can get down to the water. I preferred hiking along the rim for better views. That being said, my boyfriend (now husband) did enjoy jumping in the water. The trail itself is a means to an end to very blue waters in Crater Lake. It was pretty crowded when we were there in August.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Trail is quite short, but doable even if Rim Drive is closed. It's a bit of a jog walking along the road from North Junction, but the turnouts along the way (and easy off-road treks to the top of the rim from the road) leave you with plenty to look at along the way. Make sure to take your time at the bottom of the trail before heading back up, the solitude of the lake up-close is unparalleled.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Great trail to access the lake for a cold dip. Incredibly clear blue water. Bucket list worthy.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Did this hike in a boot with a stress fracture. Cliff jumping was a blast and the water actually is refreshing on a cold day. Really cool to see the true blue of the lake up close, would definitely recommend everyone to do cliff jumping. It's a can't miss.

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