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Cleetwood Cove Trail

MODERATE 234 reviews
#2 of 22 trails in

Cleetwood Cove Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately 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.

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

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

lake

paved

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
3 months 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.

6 months ago

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
7 months ago

Beautiful views. Ascent is rapid but the trail is short.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views throughout with presence of great amount of shade.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views throughout with presence of great amount of shade.

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of switches on a wide, well-maintained path. This place becomes pretty popular on the hotter days, but the parking area is sizable. Lounge on the rocks, freeze yourself in the water.

8 months ago

Everything about Crater Lake gets five stars in my book. Pretty strenuous coming back up, but it’s only a mile. Beautiful day, no smoke.

hiking
8 months ago

Five stars because it was the only place Brook could swim in Crater Lake......and she and the people waiting for the ferry enjoyed it. Nice steep hill with gorgeous views of the lake.. My phone app told me at one point it was a 25% grade. It's a bummer they haven't made a better access point for the ferry. It prevents many people from enjoying all of the park.

8 months ago

You just have to see it. Words and pictures don’t really do it justice.

hiking
8 months ago

***The smoke today (8.6.18) was terrible!! You could not see the lake from the road and ash was covering our car. Please check the webcam before you drive out here. My son broke out in hives from the smoke while hiking. None the less it was a steep hike with a beautiful swim! Lots of elevation.

hiking
8 months ago

A must do trail to feel the purest form of water in America's deepest lake.

hiking
8 months ago

We did this hike around 9:00am on Labor Day. The parking lot was half full, but the trail itself was pretty quiet. Those cars might have been for the 8:30 am ferry to Wizard Island. We only saw two couples on the trail as we headed down, but many more on the way back up. We made it down the well-designed and maintained trail in 20 minutes. Coming back up was more of a challenge, so we took advantage of the benches near the top of the trail - all of them had great views of the lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Well made trail, good footing all the way. Very busy on Labor Day weekend. Bathrooms at both ends of the trail. Stunning lake to swim in.

hiking
9 months ago

Different perspective of the lake and awesome to be so close to the water. Was very smoky so couldn't see anything on other side of the lake. Pretty steep going back up and after the day on wizard island my kids were pooped.

9 months ago

Steep down and back. Smoke was really bad.

hiking
9 months ago

9:30. On a Saturday. Not very busy on the way down. A dozen people around the lakeshore. Saw 6 or 7 times as many on the way back up around 11:30. Smoke obscured the view initially. Once we were about .25m down, the smoke thinned and we got to see some nice views. Worth the trip despite the smoke. Very steep. All downhill on the way down and uphill on the way up. 7 year old held his own. Might be rough on families that don’t hike much and have small children.

9 months ago

Step but with the views. Get the boat to wizard island for an amazing day in the park.

hiking
9 months ago

A must do for anyone hiking in or near Crater! Reserve your spot on the shuttle to Wizard Island (3 hour tour is cool). Big steep day, quick elevation change unexpectedly hit me at the summit, but it was also due to the smoke from fires. Jump in the cold clear lake near the docks, sun yourself & picnic til the shuttle returns. Prepare for your incline back out of this magical place. Plenty of benches to pause at on the way back up, take a breath and enjoy the scenery.

hiking
9 months ago

We returned this year and the hike down to Crater Lake was just as memorable, but also more crowded. We had absolutely perfect weather and the water was as blue as ever. We chose to drive around the lake rather than take the boat tour to Wizard Island. Suspect one day we'll do that too. Worth the half hour down and 45 minutes up. Enjoy!

9 months ago

Short trail with lots of switchbacks, it’s shaded and has benches along the way. Very well maintained and is the only trail that takes you to the water

hiking
9 months ago

Quick hour-total hike to the only point to access the waters of Crater Lake. Thankfully, the smoke from the nearby wildfires blew in a different direction thanks to a shift in the winds so it wasn’t nearly as smoky as was the past couple days. Going down was easy but just remember you have to go back up!

9 months ago

This is a well done trail and is exactly how it's described. It is strenuous especially on the way back up. It is not meant for elderly or unprepared. We did the boat tour to Wizard Island which was awesome.

hiking
9 months ago

Short but steep hike to the shore and back. A good way to jump in and swim in the lake.

10 months ago

Very well maintained and easy to walk on trail. Yes, it's all up/down but it's short and very well maintained and wide. My 8 year old couldn't get enough of the big rock that everyone jumped off of... He loved it!

10 months ago

Trail was short but steep. However, there are fires in Oregon right now and the area is very smoky. Visibility is limited. Views were still good at the bottom of the hike, but lake views from the top were almost impossible to see. Good quick workout though, may be back to this park at some point in the future.

10 months ago

This trail, for me, is an obligation. I just had to touch the water. Mostly, a well shaded trail, but not very scenic. Nice hike back up.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail and only place you can swim in the park (unless you take the shuttle to Wizard Island). Challenging hike with lots of switchbacks, but well Worth it. You can see the clear blue water and jump off a 35ft cliff! Lots of people hanging around the water, temps were 55 degrees! The cliff jump is well worth the cold for a few minutes. But, I did not hang around to swim. If you take the shuttle around Crater Lake, you will Have to do this hike.

hiking
10 months ago

So so. Nice views of the lake.

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely worth it to hike to the bottom. Make sure you jump in and swim! Active wife and I made it up in 20-25 min.

10 months ago

It’s a steep but short trail. We’re quite fit and we did it in ~15 mins going down and 30 mins going up, but that was at a fairly good pace and not stopping the whole way up. It’s worth it to go on the boat ride, or if it’s warm enough (and/or you’re brave enough!) to swim in the cold cold water.

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