Discovery Point Trail

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Discovery Point Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Crater Lake, 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.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 915 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

lake

views

wild flowers

snow

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.

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fee
icy
snow
12 days ago

Such a beautiful day for snowshoeing out to doscovery point and back. Have a basic understanding of snow safety and enjoy the views!!!!

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off trail
snow
1 month ago

snowshoeing
snow
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Memorable experience. Went last year, early July. Not a ton of shade on trail, and can get pretty hot. Wear sunscreen, hat, etc. Place can be pretty packed. Not as many people on the trails. Recommend for your viewing pleasure, 10/10.

hiking
3 months ago

Small snowy patches, but nothing impeding trail use. It was a beautiful day out there today!

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snow
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great views, when you can see the lake. Nice hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Stunning views of the lake. Continued on to Watchman Overlook for even more views. You’re never to far from a road on this trail but the lake is so gorgeous you’ll forget about the cars.

hiking
5 months ago

easy walk, not well marked at the point.

hiking
5 months ago

Great intro trail to Crater Lake. We only walked about half of the trail as it runs along the road the majority of the time. Though there was a lot of street noise, having the Lake in plain view the entire hike was something special.

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bugs
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing views! Pretty sandy and dusty this time of year but would easily do this again!

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgoeous views all the way! Very easy until the very end. Dusty, dry.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing view, didn't have to hike since you can drive, park, and walk to the cliff view.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail has stunning views of Wizard Island and many awesome picture opportunities. But there are some areas on the trail that have large roots sticking out so be carefully when admiring the views, you could easily fall. It’s not well marked from the road if your driving.

hiking
7 months ago

It’s a nice easy hike with nice views overlooking the lake (trail to viewpoint is 2 miles round trip). If you only have 1 day at the park, I wouldn’t waste time on this trail though. The viewpoint at the end is reachable by car, & plenty of other, better hikes!

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bugs
7 months ago

good first hike for anyone. relatively flat, and tracks the road.

hiking
7 months ago

First part is along the road so lot of people. Great view but weird trail. Then it gets more like a real trail and awesome views. Any level hiker can do this and more like a walk.

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7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful crater rim hike with decent trails-easy. Can get dusty on the trail since many visitors to lake will wander down this easy trail.

hiking
7 months ago

A dozen tempting dropoffs to test your bravery or stupidity.

hiking
7 months ago

Only trail open right now in late June. Would only come here in July-Aug. wasted visit. Made the most of this only open trail. Started in the tourist Village area and hiked 3 miles towards Watchmans. Snow got deep. Great views. It’s cool to see Wizard Island from different angles. Would definitely recommend this trail after Garfield and Watchman.

hiking
7 months ago

just wow the blue color is killinggggggg

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rocky
snow
8 months ago

Great trail with wonderful views everywhere (both the crater side and the other side). Some snow still on the trail (crampons were nice near the end, but probably not strictly necessary). Lots of places to park/start. This recording was the second part for us after hiking a bit & going back to get the car.

hiking
8 months ago

My favorite place ever so beautiful

hiking
8 months ago

Still lots of snow when we hiked (6-1-19)! But beautiful views. Easy, rolling hike.

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