Little Crater Lake Trail

EASY 18 reviews
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Little Crater Lake Trail is a 0.4 mile loop trail located near Estacada, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

lake

river

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Rhododendron: Travel south on Highway 26 approximately nine miles past its junction with Highway 35. Turn south on Forest Service Rd. 42 for approximately 3.5 miles, then turn right (west) onto Rd. 58. Follow 58 for 2 1/4 miles to the entrance of Little Crater Campground. The trailhead is located in the campground.

hiking
26 days ago

This is a super easy walk to an incredible sight. Little Crater Lake is a 45' deep lake fed by an underground spring. The water is crystal clear, all the way to the bottom. It's a bit eery to stare all the way down to the bottom of this deep little lake and see fallen trees sitting on the lake floor. The water is very cold! My kids and I had a great picnic here and dipping our toes in the water on a hot July day. Beautiful wildflowers and not too many people.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Very short but beautiful. Good connector trail to PCT and Timothy Lake loop

4 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Thursday, June 23, 2016

short and sweet for the beautiful Lake♡
Much more beyond that and all flat for those who want a easy day♡

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

I love this place! We usually start out at Little Crater Lake and hike the PCT over to Timothy Lake. Really a great hike, beautiful trail and the scenery is awesome.

hiking
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

walking
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Short walk into a beautiful hole-in-the-ground type lake. Very small but definitely some of nature's best eye candy! Easy haul if you are staying at Timothy Lake

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Very short walk to an amazing little lake! The color of the water is beautiful and you can see to the bottom thats 45 feet deep.

nature trips
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I can't believe that more people don't know about this little lake. It's absolutely stunning! It may be small, but it packs some punch in beauty. Anyone who has seen (big) Crater Lake will understand how it got the name; the water is a deep, crystal hue of blue/turquoise that no picture can quite justify. It's even more beautiful with the sun shining down, so go up on a sunny day if you get the chance. Further, in late Spring (May-June) there are some gorgeous wildflowers in bloom.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

a good family trail, you can access at campground, well marked and continue around timothy lake for longer version. worth the walk and a look!

hiking
Monday, June 17, 2013

Great place to show the kids, continue past to the Timothy lake loop and PCT.

hiking
Friday, March 09, 2012

Little Crater Lake is a small lake in a Mountain open range with islands of trees. The lake is amazing because its 40 feet deep and pure, clear and blue. Everyone I have shown this too is in awe. Walk on the wooden plank trail further in and you will reach the connection to he Pacific Crest Trail. Once you hike in there you are more under a canopy of firs as opposed to the open range that the cattle graze in. The trail also connects to Timothy Lake. Well worth the look. There is a decent size campground about .25 miles or less from the Little Crater Lake.