Cleetwood Cove Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews
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Cleetwood Cove Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chiloquin, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and fishing and is best used from July until October.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
649 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

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
10 days 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
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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

5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this trail about a year ago. Just recalled it last night to a friend who was asking where the coldest water to swim in was. This is probably it! Fun quick trail, but go in the off season.

hiking
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hiking
10 months ago

The trail down to the water is semi loose and there are way too many people on it on hot days. It was fun to swim in the lake although it was freezing. The parking situation and surrounding area is a mess, there are not nearly enough parking spots and it is a pain to get in and out of the area.

10 months ago

I went there 2 weeks ago. Beautiful views. But it was really hard coming up with the heat!

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome hike. Arrived on a weekday at 9am and the parking lot was about 70% full. There was about 10 people at the bottom. Highly recommend jumping in Crater Lake. It is worth the chill. By the walk up there was a number of people on their way down. The bugs in the morning were not bad.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

We went there on 7/2/2016. The view is great but the trail is very dusty. Make sure you have something to cover your nose and mouth. When it was getting late in the day, lots of mosquito came out and chased us on our way back.

11 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great views all the way from the caldera rim down to Crater lake shoreline and boat docks. Nice path surface, steady ascent on the return and given the elevation you feel it.

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing views. Took a swim (jumped from cliffs) in the crystal clear frigid 48 degree water. A bit rough on the ascent.

Monday, June 27, 2016