Little Crater Lake Trail

EASY 21 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Would not consider this a hike. Short walk back to the lake from the Campground. Beautiful color. Sign for no swimming but saw a guy jump in when we were there. Near Timothy lake and part of pacific crest trail

hiking
3 months 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
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

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

6 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

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.