Garfield Peak Trail

MODERATE 124 reviews
#1 of 20 trails in

Garfield Peak Trail is a 3.1 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 and walking and is best used from June until September.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1033 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

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.

15 days ago

Could only do the very first part because of the snow and steep ramps but the views were amazing. You'll dig into the snow (about a foot) so it's pretty strenuous, but you'll probably be all alone.

4 months ago

Good but hard

hiking
5 months ago

Really fun! We didn't get the whole view because go the smoke from the forest fire, but it was still pretty.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this one in August 2016. It’s a short and sweet little hike. Moderately steep. I definitely had to take a few short breaks because of the elevation. It’s about 8000 ft. at the peak. But overall very scenic and wonderful views!

7 months ago

Short and sweet, amazing view

7 months ago

Very scenic, moderately steep trail with panoramic views of the area.

8 months ago

Great sunrise hike. Wonderful views. Wide trail.

8 months ago

A nice little Trail with beautiful views!

8 months ago

Views!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike on a clear day but today there was no good visibility due to the smoke from the wildfires raging around the Park.

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing view of the caldera. Well worth the effort

hiking
9 months ago

Breathtaking views and steady climbs. Well worth it; and got to hike through a little patch of snow as well!

hiking
9 months ago

We did not complete the whole trail due to snow closure, but the view was still really nice.

hiking
9 months ago

Would get a 5 but did not complete the whole trail due to snow closure, still a fun hike with great views, wish I could have seen the top, still a disappointment to me

hiking
9 months ago

Trail was great, strenuous, but simple, even the parts with snow involved.

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice trail, with magnificent view of all crater lake. Trail partially blocked with snow but there is a shortcut to the summit with amazing view.

hiking
10 months ago

View is breathtaking!! totally worth it!

hiking
10 months ago

I went yesterday and the trail is closed just under a mile in because of snow. Nonetheless, there's still some nice views

hiking
10 months ago

Went in September, tons of people going in both directions. No mosquitoes, no snow, great weather. It was easy for the kids too.

10 months ago

Some of the best views overlooking Crater Lake. We could only go up about a mile before we had to turn around due to closure from snow coverage.

hiking
11 months ago

With the warmer weather a horrendous amount of mosquitoes came out. We had to turn back simply because the swarms of mosquitoes were going to town on us. Just beware that a warm day (it was in the 80s), as the snow melts, isn't a good time for this hike.

Friday, March 03, 2017

absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Well-maintained trail. It takes some work to get to the top, but you're rewarded with magnificent views.

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2016

Good quick hike. Amazing views of Crater Lake and the surrounding area from the peak. I was there on a weekday so it wasn't too crowded, but I can imagine it gets extremely busy on weekends during high season.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

great hike, even with slushy snow. views are incredible.

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I think this is the best overall hike in the park. Long enough and steep enough to give a challenge but with the most intimate views of the lake in the park from perched mountain views. High traffic but well maintained trails.

Monday, September 05, 2016

great,love this trail

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

It was a foggy and cold day in July with lots of snow still on the ground. Still worth it...can only imagine what would be like on a clear day?

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

This is a fun but steep trail that is well marked leading right from the lodge at the rim of crater lake. The trail meanders up the ridge and affords some stunning views of the lake along with a fun and interesting hike. If you turn the other direction it is possible to see much of the area that surrounds the lake with forests and prairies. The trail was fun although it may be too steep for those that are out of shape or the elderly/young.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

With easy access to the trailhead from Crater Lake Lodge, this trail is well marked and easy to follow. The trail is steep in places with several switchbacks. Dress in layers as the area is windy and the weather can be tricky -- I did this hike in late June and there was still snow on the ground in places! The views of the lake and surrounding area from the top of the trail are nothing less than stunning. A great adventure for the intrepid hiker!

Load More