Cleetwood Cove Trail

MODERATE 149 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
5 days 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
7 days ago

So so. Nice views of the lake.

hiking
7 days 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.

8 days 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.

hiking
9 days ago

Went on this hike and Garfield to get the full experience of Crater Lake from the bottom to the top of the lookout. It was cool to feel the water and see some people jumping off the cliffs. So beautiful and worth the hike up and down! A little bit more populated because a lot of people are going down for the boat tours. The way back up was a little rough but not too bad, it is more steep than Garfield.

hiking
9 days ago

Compared to other trails around crater lake this trail has limited views. It is the only way to get down to the water but unless you plan to fish or swim in the very cold water it is not that special.

13 days ago

Spectacular views as you walk to the shore of Crater Lake. .

hiking
14 days ago

A fun, short, steep hike. Be prepared for lots of mosquitoes, though.

hiking
20 days ago

This trail was a lot of fun! It is very different seeing the lake from the water instead of from on top. The water is beautiful up close.

hiking
23 days ago

This is an amazing, but difficult hike. I highly recommend hiking poles for both down and up. The reward is breathtaking views down and at lakes edge. The water is the most clear I’ve ever seen! The water was cold 42 degrees today, but felt good on tired feet! The hike up took us a hour, but we stopped often. Pack light, but take food and water. And if you are crazy enough to swim, take a towel, because you can jump off cliffs into the cleanest lake in the US, maybe the world.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
6 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.

6 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
9 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

9 months ago

Stunning!

9 months ago

Steep. Loved it.

9 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
10 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
10 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
10 months ago

Loved it for the whole family!

hiking
10 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
10 months ago

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

10 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.

10 months ago

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.

10 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
10 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
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 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
11 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

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