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Cleetwood Cove Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Crater Lake, 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.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 623 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

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Running

Beach

Forest

Lake

Views

Wildlife

No dogs

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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.

Steel Visitor Center is located at Park Headquarters and open daily (except December 25) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from late April to early November. Winter hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm from early November to early April. US Post Office is located in the Steel Center and is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 12:00 and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, except holidays, late April to early November. Post Office hours are 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, except holidays, early November to early April. Rim Village Cafe and Gifts is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (except Thanksgiving and December 25). Hours are extended during the summer months. Rim Visitor Center is open daily late May through late September from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Crater Lake Lodge is open late May through mid October. Reservations are strongly recommended. Mazama Village Motor Inn is open from late May through September. Reservations are strongly recommended. More info: http://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/things2know.htm

Crater Lake National Park P.O. Box 7 Crater Lake, Oregon 97604 Phone: (541) 594-3000

Trailhead is 4.5 miles east of junction of East Rim Road and North Entrance Road along the CLNP rim road.

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Rebecca Himler
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HikingGreat!

The hike back up had me a bit breathless but totally worth it to jump into Crater Lake! How often can you say you jumped in the deepest lake in the US?

Yanet A.
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Qingbo Zhang
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Dipika Vyas
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HikingGreat!

Good hike, great views...coming back up was little difficult.

Rachel Gross
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The views are beautiful, and so is the water. What’s not beautiful is the number of people. Especially without masks. And a lot of people are quite loud and rather rude down by the water. But if you can find a daily empty spot and swim out...WOW! Definitely worth it.

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Michelle K
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HikingGreat!

8/10/2020 Note about the Trail: I would say this trail is easy to moderate. Going down is easy but going back up with almost 90 degree heat is the killer. We went around 12pm went down to swim and came back up at 3pm. It was very busy with people constantly going up and down, pretty hard to find an area to sit around this time so you're going to have to do some boulder climbing. I was debating on hiking down with my slippers or hiking boots and very happy I chose my boots cause the trail was very dusty. Note about the People: Everyone, we are still in a Pandemic. PLEASE WEAR MASKS! I know it's hot and hard to breathe in but it keeps yourself, your loved ones, and everyone else safe. Very disappointed that less than half the people I saw wore masks. Do your part and protect others, even if you are on vacation. I gave this trail 5 stars because the water was beautiful and clean but I want to give the experience 2 stars because of the people.

Colleen Ildefonso
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Hiking

The trail was heavily trafficked we arrived around noon but the lake was still beautiful regardless. Jump in if you dare! There’s a good rock towards the end of the trail, have fun!

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Victoria Geddings
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Fun hike, very busy.

Erin Purinton
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this trail was pretty heavily trafficked. but there is potential to get in the lake! there was a ton of families already set up and lounging on the rocks. i didn't try to get down to water due to the crowds.

Andrew Marderstein
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We arrived at 4:30 pm on a Sunday and almost all spots in the lot were taken. The hike to the lake is steep but short - about 20-30 minutes each way depending on your pace. Lots of people swimming in the lake. There is a 20 foot rock jump you can do. The lake is cold but refreshing. Highly recommend an afternoon swim here.

Kelly M.
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I went on a weekend afternoon and it was crowded! But no regrets, since I got to jump into the lake and swim. It’s cold but so worth it! Nice little workout on the way up, with viewpoints to stop and take pictures.

Hilary Barr
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Went yesterday (Aug. 1) around 2pm and it was definitely crowded, so would recommend going in the morning. Groups were distanced but not everyone wore masks. Wear a suit to jump or wade in the clear water! Tough walk back up but worth it.

Melvin McDougal
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It's THE trail down to the lake. The trail is in good shape but is quite steep and like any busy/popular trail, the earlier you go the more enjoyable it will be.

Paul Kim
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emily funkhouser
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Hiking

Mobbed when I passed by in the afternoon, so I went first thing in the morning the next day and was the only one in the parking lot (thankfully - the trail is narrow, so keeping 6ft away from others wouldn't be possible in passing). As promised, gets you to the lake shore. Cool to see the lake from this perspective & a great glute workout on the way up. ...But not the prettiest trail. Since the boat tour isn't going in 2020, I wouldn't make this hike a priority if you're short on time unless it's important for you to get close to the lake water.

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Carla P.
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Hiking

I enjoyed this trail. Yes it was hard, but it was doable for all ages/levels. You just need to go at your own pace & stop as needed. There is shade in the top half & a few benches or boulders to rest on. Many people were swimming at the bottom. The lake didn’t feel too cold after a hot day.

Savannah Peterson
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One of my all-time favorites.

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Andrew Kaylor
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Hiking

The way back up is a grind but totally worth it. We saw people of all ages completing this trail, you may just have to stop a few times on the uphill, even if you are in pretty good shape.

Becky Wadekamper
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Hiking

Great trail, steep but plenty of places to stop and rest. Loved the cliff jumping!

Tyler Miller
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HikingRocky

It was such a nice trail! We did it in flip flops (huge mistake) but loved the crystal clear blue water. Definitely a bucket list trail.

Liam Bennett
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Hiking

Great, clean trail! Managed to do it in flip flops with some friends. The swim in the lake was perfect and cold before heading back up! It took about 35 minutes for us to get back to the top. (We’d anticipated a much longer time)

Samantha Bejarano
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HikingBugs

A quick hike down to the beautiful crystal blue waters of crater lake! A must if you visit crater lake. Definitely recommend cliff jumping into the water at the end of the cove! About a 20 foot jump! The hike back up was challenging but so worth it!

C H
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Cat C
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This trail is ROUGH. It's not even really a "hiking trail" as much as the only way to get to the water at Crater Lake. If that's something you want to do on your visit, or take a boat out to the island, which are closed for 2020 season, this is your only way down. It's very steep but because of the short distance it feels even steeper. Thankfully that also means it's somehow over kinda quickly. I don't do the best with altitude/elevation changes so I had to stop quite a bit but thankfully the trail was wide and mostly shaded so I could step out of the way. I did use hiking poles but not sure if they helped much. Thankfully we went on a partly cloudy day, I think it would have been miserable on a sunny day. Just prepare yourself knowing that it's gonna suck! It's kinda neat to be able to put your feet in the water, or swim/jump in if you dare, and relax for a bit. I'm glad I could say I did it. Also, since we went on a Monday it wasn't super crowded, there was tons of parking available in the lot as well as open restrooms for use.

Megan Schroeder
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Hiking

Pretty busy trail with lots of mosquitoes. It’s worth the hike to get all the way down to the lake and see the lake from a different perspective. We went swimming in the lake and planned this at the end of the day to cool off after a full day of hiking. The water is obviously freezing but so worth it. One of our favorite hikes in Crater Lake.

Ryan Jijina
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Some mosquitos so use your bug spray! But an amazing view of the water and crater all the way down and back up!

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Ann S
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Hiking

Short but steep hike down to the lake to swim. Must do!

Lauren Fazzolari
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Fairly easy trail with an incredible reward at the end! The whole way down is a descent, and it’s mostly sandy dirt, no rocks, so it’s not too hard on the knees. Went around 12:30 and it was pretty crowded at the bottom, but not too hard to find some secluded rocks to set up on for the afternoon. Swimming in the lake was incredible - freezing, but so worth it, and it gets warmer as you swim further out where the suns hitting it. If you want an adrenaline rush, there are some awesome rocks to jump into the water off of. The hike back up is steep, but so short that it didn’t take long. We left around 4:15 and it was pretty buggy by that point.

Michelle H
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Hiking

Short, steep trail. Popular trail. Beautiful views.

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Kait Palmer
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HikingBugs

We hiked down around 4 o’clock in the afternoon with our eight, six, and four-year-old kids. They were pretty good going down as long as they remember the new running rule especially near the drop offs . They all enjoyed swimming but if you have younger kids and want to swim near the dock I would recommend sandals or water shoes. Around 5 o’clock mosquitoes started to come out so make sure to bring an endocrine-friendly bug repellent if you hike in the late afternoon hiking back up took about 45 minutes with lots of stops to look at bugs and trees so I’m guessing the average kid-free person could make it in 20

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