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Little Crater Lake Trail is a 0.4 mile loop trail located near Government Camp, 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: 0 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
blowdown
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Watch out for the birds looking for food near the parking lot/campground.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a very small one would say nature walk. But it was perfect for my 1 year old!! He loved it!! The water is beautiful, it was totally worth the drive!! If you continue it goes to bigger hikes.

hiking
9 months ago

Super easy trail but a very cool view for the short walk. Would recommend.

hiking
9 months ago

Super easy trail but a very cool view for the short walk. Would recommend.

hiking
9 months ago

Sunday, approx 1:40p. 8/4/2019 The lake is beautiful and worth the stop on its own if you’re in the area. Limited parking at trail head, had to circle the campground a couple times before I was able to get a spot. Didn’t see too many people at the lake. Short, well maintained path through a meadow and to the lake. The lake looked like kool-aid and is crystal clear! There is no swimming in the water - at 34° you would go hypothermic in no time so I don’t know why you’d want to. It’s a short walk to the PCT and connecting trails around Timothy Lake. You could easy turn it into an 11ish mile hike by adding the Timothy lake route to your plans.

hiking
9 months ago

Really cool lake that’s crystal clear

hiking
9 months ago

250 yard trail to the lake. It’s a fun pit stop

hiking
10 months ago

Did anyone else get bit by mosquitoes? Within five minutes, I had been bit eleven times! Sweet little micro lake, though!

hiking
11 months ago

this is a short hike that is kept clear and maintained. winter seasons the trail is flooded but still fun to hike if you dont mind the cold water.

Sat Oct 13 2018

Honestly, it's neat if you're nearby already but I found it pretty underwhelming. Beautiful colors but the trail is very short and it's hard to get a good view of the lake. Maybe it was just too crowded for me, but I wouldn't do it again. Go to Tamolitch Blue Pool instead! PS - it was also a big bummer you can't get in the lake. I understand it would stir up the mud and be a drag for others, but it's still a body of water you cant get in and thats a bummer.

walking
Sun Sep 02 2018

very short very beautiful great for kids

hiking
Mon Aug 20 2018

very short, very beautiful walk. If you go past the lake and through the gate you can get to the Timothy Lake loop.

walking
Mon Aug 13 2018

Coldest of blue!

Thu Aug 02 2018

So extremely beautiful!

Thu Jul 26 2018

Such a beautiful blue! fun to see if in the area.

hiking
Mon Jul 23 2018

The lake is small but incredibly beautiful.

Wed Jul 18 2018

Gorgeous lake, short trail. It’s a nice walk from here to Timothy Lake.

hiking
Sun Jun 10 2018

Ultra short but gorgeous deep blue spring fed pond. Once in a lifetime view. Took the Timothy lake/PCT section trail further to some heavily wooded hiking arriving at the large Timothy lake. Short, easy, flat hike.

hiking
Wed May 23 2018

We passed Little Crater Lake on our way to hike around Timothy Lake. The rating is correct in that the trail is easy - anyone should be able to walk it! The lake is "little" yet deep & beautiful. If you are in the area take a minute to check it out but I wouldn't make a drive out to the Mt. Hood Forest Area just to visit it.

hiking
Tue May 22 2018

We spent a weekend at the Northern portion of Timothy lake, and hiked there to Little Crater Lake. The hike was wonderful. My grandma in her 70s (I believe) was able to manage the hike (though she's spunky) as well as my 5 year old. We had a good size group and everyone was able to enjoy the hike. Little Crater Lake is a pretty cool phenomenon to see.

hiking
Sun Jan 07 2018

Spent a long weekend camping here, fantastic views and great small trail for kids and dogs. Connects to PCT for longer distances

Sat Aug 19 2017

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
Thu Jul 20 2017

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.

backpacking
Mon May 29 2017

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

Thu Jun 23 2016

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

hiking
Tue Sep 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.

walking
Thu Jul 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

Wed Jun 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
Tue Jun 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.

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