Discovery Point Trail is a 4 mile heavily 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.

Length4.0 miElevation gain915 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyCampingCross-country skiingHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingLakeViewswild-flowersSnowFeeNo dogs
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Crater Lake National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle (Winter Rate: $25) or $25 per motorcycle (Winter Rate: $15). Winter rates apply between Nov 1 - May 21. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. NOTE: This trail may be closed due to weather conditions. Updated conditions can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842 http://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm

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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Laura Christian
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Was here on a blue bird day. Beautiful views!

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Cameron S
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BackpackingGreat!Snow

Did an overnight trip 1/16-1/17. Parked at Park Headquarters on Saturday morning. If backpacking, you self fill out an overnight permit, grab an overnight parking pass, and a WAG bag at HQ. Then snowshoe up the Raven Trail to get to Rim Village. Trailhead was very easy to find right at the 3-way stop, but a bit tricky to follow for the first quarter mile or so. With the steep hill on the right and the road on our left, we went in the correct direction and eventually picked up some tracks. The route was well marked for the most part, although there were a few sections where we didn't see any blue diamonds on trees. Following tracks we were able to make it up to Rim Village. (Note if you are only day tripping, you can just drive to Rim Village, assuming the road is open. Only overnighters must park down the hill at HQ). The trail was extremely busy between Rim Village and Discovery Point. The snow was very compact, so snowshoes and skis weren't strictly necessary, although it helped even out the load with our heavy packs. Lots of people walking around in snow boots to get some nice shots of the lake. We found a nice campsite just past Discovery Point and enjoyed a clear view of the lake from our hammocks.

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Nina Fitton
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Super snowy, so the Rim Drive road was closed - so we snowshoed along the road itself (since the trail isn't visible/accessible beneath the snow). Lots of snowshoers and x-country skiers. Rolling hills, mostly forested, with viewpoints of the lake along the way. Great day out!

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Nancy Monson
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Liam Dillow
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Lovely! Similar to Lake Tahoe Rim Trail, but at lower elevation and a bit less foot traffic. Bring bird seed and feed the birds from your hand!

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- 1 month ago

As a friendly reminder, feeding animals is not allowed in National Parks and goes again Leave No Trace Principals. You can find more information on this from the National Parks Service in the article here, https://www.nps.gov/articles/feeding-wildlife.htm.

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Alexander Sunell
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Jasan Carsley
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Emily Wiemer
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Maxime Descos
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Lucia Gadala
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Nice easy walk, short and a bit steep in points. Would like to have combined it with a view point. Was here on Nov 1, Rim Drive closed

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Angie Parry-Lemon
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Beautiful and sunny!

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Mikala Pacifique
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Alpa Patel
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Christina Iskandar
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Great hike. Lots of ups and downs and just lake views the entire way. Gets strenuous on and off as you climb up but not difficult at all - just the elevation! Well worth a few hours and just great vantage points. Well maintained trail. Keep in mind you’ll be stopping to check out the views constantly!

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Karen Layfield
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Lovely views. Not crowded on a Tuesday in Oct once you get past the road.

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Angel Dorsett
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!
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Jennifer Stroup
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HikingGreat!
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Patricia G
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Kate Elizabeth
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This is a great way to see the Western Rim. Awesome views of Wizard Island the whole way. Respectfully, whoever said this had “no unique qualities” is wrong - I saw most of the park and this hike rocked. I ran for the most part and it took about 45 minutes (excluding some lengthy picture stops) - there are a lot of places to start or stop or turn around, so do your own thing and enjoy!

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S P
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Good views. Very crowded

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R Weingart
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Rim trail with no unique qualities, except for multiple views of Wizard Island as you move along the rim.

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Clisby White
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Crater Lake is amazing. If you can make it up here when there's snow on the ground it's even better. Can't beat the way the rim looks with the white marbled look reflecting in the blue water.

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Bela Szabadi
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Danielle Arispe
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Great!

This is a nice easy trail with super rewarding constant views! You can shorten it if you like since it’s an out and back. It can be breezy and exposed so be prepared!

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Matthew Harvey-Samuel
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Jeremy Jones
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HikingGreat!

Simple trail with plenty of great views of Crater Lake. The trail is mostly well kept and generally not difficult for all fitness levels. I hiked this at a slow/moderate pace with my wife.

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Adam Daniel
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Absolutely beautiful.

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Adam Foltz
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PillowFightr E
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This was the most amazing and rewarding hike! Not hard, not many inclines but it’s long so plan on spending some time (it took me all day because I was doing photography and kept stopping)

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