Discovery Point Trail

EASY 30 reviews
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Discovery Point Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Crater lake National Park, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

4.0 miles
915 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


cross country skiing


nature trips





wild flowers

no dogs

Directions from Annie Spring Entrance Station: Drive northward into the park 4 miles to Rim Drive. Turn left on to West Rim Drive and travel 2 miles to Rim Village Road. Turn right and drive a short distance to the trailhead.

21 days ago

Did this portion while snow camping towards watchmen tower. Easy to follow the closed road and the views were great!

1 month ago

Got lucky with a beautiful, sunny, low wind day. The snow was dense so was able to walk with microspikes to Discovery Point easily. Views are surreal. Snowshoes came in handy when I extended my hike to Watchman Overlook for an ~8 mile RT. Didn't see a winter trail to Watchman Peak, which may be OK as there was a lot of loose snow and ice on the steep incline. Depending on where you drive in from make sure your GPS knows only the South road is open during winter time.

5 months ago

Beautiful, nice scenic hikes and view. Only negative is no dogs allowed

5 months ago

Very scenic easy hike in front of some dangerous but gorgeous views. Be careful not to slip down the rocks.

5 months ago

crowded tourist zone. not great for actual outdoorsy people looking for nature solitude.

5 months ago

Good view of crater lake, pretty easy hike.

6 months ago

Too crowded, everything cost money and every view is cluttered with tourist!

7 months ago

Snowshoed this trail with my Love. What an awesome hike in the winter. Met some great trail friends, but the trails during the winter are generally vacant. Skip the traffic and head up during the snow months. My favorite hike of all-time to date.

8 months ago

We were there on the 25th of May. unfortunately most of the trails are under snow and inaccessible but it is still worth it to go and see Crater Lake. Absolutely stunning! Have never seen water so blue! We just took a short walk on the cleared road past discovery point and there were a few good vistas. I would want to come back when the snow is gone and do more hikes around the lake!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Phenomenal views of the lake. We did this hike early in the morning right after some fresh powder so we had to work for it.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Great little hike for seeing the lake

Friday, July 22, 2016

Breath taking views. Enough for getting the crater lake.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Nice hike.

Friday, July 01, 2016

The Discovery Point trail is a short hike through woods with many views of Crater Lake. It's a nice starting point for a day of hiking in the park and provides the opportunity for viewing Crater Lake and Wizard Island without the crowds found at the Rim Drive overlooks.

The trail has some fairly steep climbs for a trail rated as easy. In the summer, the trail can be dusty, and portions of the trail are exposed to summer sun.

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Friday, February 03, 2017

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