Cleetwood Cove Trail

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Cleetwood Cove Trail is a 2.1 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: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 623 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

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.

27 days ago

October 2019

hiking
1 month ago

A pretty short hike but it leads you down to the water which is cool! I didn’t know they did boat tours until I got down there.

hiking
1 month ago

Mostly just a way to get down to the water. Cool if that is what you are trying to do.

hiking
2 months ago

I don't know if I would consider this a trail as much as a way to get from the ridge/road down to the waters edge and boat dock. This trail is the only way to get to the water for everyone. It is pretty easy going down, but coming back up is strenuous. It is all steep incline. I would totally recommended it though to go to the waters edge and take a dip, and if you are there in season, totally do the lake boat tour! So worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

short hike, but still challenging! Steady downhill (then back uphill) the full trail. Small cliff at the bottom... if you're feeling up to it and the weather is nice enough, it is a fun leap to take :)

Not a long hike but a good one. It’s no joke though-the down hill assent is hard on the knees so not for those with bad knees or canes. The uphill while steep isn’t too bad once your about half way up again. We did it with 6 kids all 11 and under so it’s doable.

hiking
3 months ago

Steep but pay you back with the awesome view down to the water

hiking
3 months ago

Ring your suit for a quick little dip

hiking
3 months ago

Can’t imagine how much traffic it sees in summer?! Bring a rod: no license, no limits and a ton of fish! Trail is stiff, but consistent and well groomed.

hiking
4 months ago

Can’t beat the reward at the bottom! Just as others have said, easy down, tough up.

hiking
4 months ago

Short hike to get down to the lake. Ate lunch on the rocks and took a quick swim, but the water was really cold and the waves were a bit rough from the wind. The lake was beautiful and so blue! Steep going back up, but it was pretty short and didn’t take us more than 30 minutes to get back up.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun little side trip, easy effort down, not so easy up.

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking. The walk down was fine. It was beautiful and quick. The walk back up...not so much. I thought I was in decent cardio shape, but I was wrong. It’s steep and strenuous. But honestly the views were amazing and now I can say I was inside of a volcano.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this trail! Bring a swimsuit for a dip at the end. You can wade in if cliff jumping isn’t your thing. If you’re older like us you might enjoy trekking poles to avoid sliding on scree on the way down. The climb up is not difficult if you hike quite a bit.

hiking
4 months ago

Just do it...you came all the way out here! The hike is as many state: east down slightly difficult up. We’re 35+ in fairly good shape, didn’t have to stop on the way up but had to pace ourselves a bit. The views are stunning, fun scene toward the bottom and at the end. The chippies will crawl in your bag for snacks, and the water is chilly but refreshing. Bring your bathing suit because the rock jump is super fun!

hiking
4 months ago

Worth it just for the cliff dive!

hiking
4 months ago

we went on the labor day weekend and the trail was heavily trafficked. The downward hike was quick because of the steep incline. however the return was pretty strenuous. Once at the lake, the view is spectacular and totally worth the hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail with access to the water/boats. Well maintained. If the weather is right, bring a swim suit and take a dip at the bottom!

hiking
4 months ago

short hike in and out. end of trail is a jump off point where you can jump into fresh crisp cool water. the lake is incredibly blue, clean and gorgeous. loved it!

hiking
4 months ago

The hike down is not too bad. The views are unbelievable. The hike up is very steep and challenging. The park rates this as a strenuous hike

hiking
4 months ago

Steep sandy “reverse hike” but the clear blue, refreshing water to swim in was WORTH IT

hiking
4 months ago

Wide flat dusty trail. Easy going down ( if you have knee issues it might be a little harder but not bad) once at the water it’s amazing! Definitely jump in from the cliff at least once you won’t regret it!! Water is definitely cold so be prepared. Definitely get in and fully wet before going back up. It will definitely help and take it slow and you’ll be fine.

hiking
4 months ago

Superbes vues sur le lac. La descente à l'aller est très bien. La montée du retour un peu pentue et fatiguante pour les sportifs non aguerris.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful simple trail with access to the cold water. Definitely worth the trip down!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing views, I definitely recommend to jump in the water. It’s refreshing and helps stay cool on your way back up.

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scramble
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely a busy trail but we were glad to get in the water after a full day of hiking.

hiking
5 months ago

Grand views! It’s easy for the seasoned hiker.

hiking
5 months ago

Well trafficked trail that gets dusty. It is a difficult hike back up, but definitely worth it. The water is amazingly clear up close, and the views of the water from the trail are awesome.

hiking
5 months ago

Gets you to the boats/water. Functional and clean trail.

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