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Garfield Peak Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Crater Lake, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 1,069 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Forest Lake Partially paved Views Rocky No dogs
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This is the one of the most popular hiking trails in Crater Lake with close proximity to the Rim Village and Crater Lake Lodge. There are spectacular panoramic views of the entire lake and other high cascades features to the north and to the south the Klamath Basin and southern Cascade features. This short steep hike leaves the parking lot of Crater Lake Lodge and immediately heads uphill. Stick with it for a half mile or so and you will be rewarded with views of the lake - and they only get better as you climb! The trail leads eastward contouring the ridge above Crater Lake. The track turns northward one half mile from the trailhead and begins to climb. It ascends the northwestern ridge of Garfield Peak then turns eastward. Gaining the northern ridge crest the route continues to climb to the 8,060-foot summit. Views from this lofty peak south of Crater Lake include the lake, Phantom Ship and terrain south. There is a good path to the top, but, be prepared for a difficult climb along this trail.

Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842

Bring water for the summer, it's REALLY hot and dusty up there. Trail covered in snow from October to early July. The top portion of the trail may be covered in snow until late-July.

Trailhead location: East end of Rim Village. Walk behind Crater Lake Lodge along the paved promenade and continue upwards to a dirt trail. East of the Crater Lake Lodge, along the caldera rim. 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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brad moss
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Good hike and good workout as it's uphill the whole way. I was on the trail around noon on Saturday and it was not very crowded at all. I had the whole top to myself for about 20 minutes. Great views all around and trail easy to follow.

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Trevor McCain
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Started in the mist and fog but cleared to a fantastic vista by the time we hit the top. Trail is a steady incline, but not overly taxing. So many places to stop for a moment and enjoy the view.

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Ryan Aamot
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Beautiful views and an invigorating hike. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area.

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Ruth B
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Meghna Beotra
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Eshan Gupta
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William Rolbiecki
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Beautiful

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Julie Holbrook
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Gorgeous views. The higher you go, the bluer the water looks. Nice “stairclimber” uphill hike. We hiked it around noon on Monday 10/19 and saw maybe 10 people the whole way up and down. Super quiet. But the views...WOW.

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Kailey Price
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Fairly easy hike with beautiful views. I would recommend beginning this trail in the early afternoon hours to make sure the fog/ clouds roll through enough to give you the view at the top. Make sure to wear layers!

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Ben Roman
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Roger Tu
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I hiked this on October 18th, Sunday. Weather was perfect and sunny. I got to the trailhead around 9am and was the second car in the parking lot. I could not drive all the way to the end of the parking lot where the lodge was because its closed for renovations. Not many people on the trail up, a few more on the trail down. Its not a terribly strenuous hike.

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Melinda Gerard
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It wasn’t too hard of a hike and views were beautiful.

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Steph Beaver
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I got to the parking lot at the trailhead around 9:30am and was the third car. Hike was beautiful and quiet going up, I was the only person until close to the top. Great trail etiquette happening and friendly, experienced hikers. Until. The way. Down.

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Christine C
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Really great trail but I would say more moderate and certainly can be done in under 2 hours. The main thing is that there are two areas with a STEEP drop-off down into the lake so if you have any fear of heights especially on windy ridges be aware it is coming. Otherwise, just a steady uphill with room to space for covid, keeping in mind this is a super touristy hike so 50/50 people who bother to mask up when passing on the tight trail (which is required in OR). I would say go early in the day, definitely before noon. Views are worth it!

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Maggie Blackwood
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Amazing trail! A steep incline but the views at the top were worth it

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Cassie Castrejon
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Plenty of parking, the first lot to the lot near the lodge and trail head are about 10 minutes apart, walking. The trail was gorgeous! Be sure to bring layers and a mask! About half the folks on the trails were wearing masks. In the sun it was toasty, and in the shade and exposed areas it is super chilly. Parts of the trail were muddy, and in cold patches the water had froze. This hike was a wonderful challenge, but extra tough for someone who typically hikes at sea level. There are plenty of lovely pull off points to take breaks.

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Johnnie Walker
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Great views at the top!

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Cora Duarte
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Completed the hike in about 2 hours and that was with many stops along the way to admire and take pictures. Mid-October weather was perfect, a bit chilly to cool you off once you get going. We saw some ice forming in areas of the trail that were a bit slippery or muddy and the terrain was a bit rocky, so I’d bring a pair of shoes with good tread. Once you get to the top on one end you have a beautiful view of the mountains south of the lake, including Shasta, and on the other you have a full view of the lake.

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Bill Shin
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Paige Dickey
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Amazing views all along the trail. Very fun hike and the view at the top is gorgeous!

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Stephen Le
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Kaitlin Pires
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Great trail! Incline all the way up, the view is worth it!

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Patricia G
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Kimberly Chu
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Kimber Stovesand
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The views were absolutely amazing. Pretty much straight up hill but still relatively easy. Hiked wearing one baby and my three year old was able to hike the entire way herself. Highly recommend. Can’t even imagine how breathtaking sunrise and sunsets are. Highly recommend

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Kate Elizabeth
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Quick and fun trail with the best sunrise views in the park! Seriously stunning to watch the sun paint the Western rim in a rainbow of colors. Did this on a Friday morning and saw zero people. It gets chilly and exposed at the top (at least in late September) so bundle up. I was moving really fast and it took me 40 minutes to get to the top, and 30 to get back down. Was racing the sun on the ascent, and trying to keep warm on the way down.

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