Mount Scott Trail

MODERATE 120 reviews
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Mount Scott Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chiloquin, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

A fun ascent of Mt. Scott, the highest point of Crater Lake. You'll have amazing views of the lake below.

2 days ago

Fantastic hike. A little challenging, but great.

hiking
19 days ago

The perfect hike... highest point in CLNP, Mt. Scott is a mostly open hike around the right hand side of the cone, with a nice ridge along the top and great views in all directions. Awesome spot to view Crater Lake and surrounding peaks, this 5 miler offers about a 1300 ft. elevation gain and a gradual climb most of the way. One of my favorites, don't miss it. Know that most years, the trail doesn't open until July due to snows, but the lack of snow this year left it wide open. Enjoy!

23 days ago

Another cool lookout/peak to hike up to. Views are incredible. Trail is relatively easy, just all uphill!

hiking
27 days ago

had a great time on this trail, pretty nice pitch on the way up definitely broke a sweat, views are stunning most of the way up if not all the way up to and then incredible at the top, you can see all of Crater Lake and really see where the volcano cave Den, way back down is fun, I Trail ran some of the way down so if you're into that you can get a little bit of that in, and if you're in better shape than I am you could probably trail run up too

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with spectacular view at the end. Just a little too popular for my tastes though, but that's probably what I get for hiking it on a Saturday of a holiday weekend.

1 month ago

Very rewarding hike. Couldn't quite tell if I was close to the top then all of a sudden you turn a corner and see the fire lookout not far off.

hiking
1 month ago

Highest point in the park and definitely the best 360 view. It is challenging with lots of switchbacks. But, the views are worth it.

Half hour drive from lodge. Well marked and maintained trail. Completely free from snow end of June. Great views of the lake from above. Moderate hike if you are active. We had the mountain to ourselves at 6 am.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! Beautiful scenery and well worth the hike to the top. Elevation climb of 3,000 feet happens quickly w/in 2.5 miles so bring water and your stamina! The fire lookout on top is very picturesque. Best views of Crater Lake!

hiking
2 months ago

One of the only spots you can see Crater Lake. The first half is brutal. It's a gradual incline on the edge of the mountain that seems to go on forever. You'll be relieved one you rach the first switchback. Very cold and windy at the top compared to the base. Beautiful beautiful view at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent late summer hike even with wildfire smoke. Moderate rating but easy for seasoned hikers with a mostly level trail and gradual incline. Energetic school-aged kiddos could do this trail. Interesting flora if little fauna. Beautiful views and a diversity of colorful minerals to see. Wildfire tower was locked up but USGS medallion was easy to locate. I didn't see one human soul on this hike in mid-August. Surprising.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike located within Crater Lake National Park. Excellent views of the entire lake. You can see Diamond Lake and Mt. Thielsen off in the distance.

7 months ago

Amazing hike! Somewhat intense but doable climb.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views. Don't forget this is in the national park, so being $15 to get in the park. It was cold and windy at the trailhead and sunny and warm during the hike and at the top. Not hard, gradual incline up. Took me 45 mins to get to the top with a steady pace. Highly recommend!

10 months ago

loved the trail. We were the first ones to hike it the morning of 10/8/2017. we started at 9:55am. It was cold and there was fresh snow on the ground. the trail is easy and well defined. The views are amazing from the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views of the Lake. A little windy at the top, but worth it.

10 months ago

Absolutely worth the climb! Get a shot of the USGS markers as proof you made it to the top.

10 months ago

Windy for the first mile. Great views from the entire trail.

11 months ago

Beautiful Trail, liked it!

hiking
11 months ago

A must-do hike in Crater Lake Nat'l Park! Prepare to move a little slower than usual due to the elevation, but slow and steady and should be no problem. Hiked to the top of Mt Scott in July 2016 around the Independence Day holiday, and it was still cold up at the top even in the summer (bring gloves, jacket and hat if you plan to hang out at the top). Snow could still be seen in spots throughout the park but wasn't an issue on the trail. Trail is well groomed, and the top offers a panoramic view that you won't be able to get anywhere else in the park. Afterwards, and not too far away, is Umpqua Hot Springs, if you're up for a soak in a natural hot spring. Beware - Issues this Summer (2017) with wildfires, so do your research before going.

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing hike with awesome views of the lake. There was a big forest fire which dampened views of the lake but otherwise an must do in crater lake!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice little hike! Took us under two hours and it was quite fun. The only downside was that it's so smoky we couldn't see the lake.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

It was cool to be at the highest point in the park. Bring your poles if you have them. It gets a little steep. And bring a jacket! It was chilly at the top.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Pretty easy for as good as the views of the park are. I would work it in to your trip to Crater Lake.

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Great view on the top with thousands of butterflies

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Amazing views from the top. I did this in July of 2016 during a multi day trip to Crater Lake. The trail itself is pretty easy to do if you are in shape, but it is at a bit of a higher altitude and there is not much shade. Bring water. I would recommend doing this hike early in the day , and then driving down to the lake itself later on. You can even use the viewpoints from Mount Scott to pick locations to visit afterwards.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Good stuff

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Great hike that included 360 degree views of the whole Crater Lake area. Sign at trailhead say 2.5miles to the top. The first half mile has a few spots with snow but besides that the rest of the trail is snow free. Not too hard of a hike for someone in decent shape but it's not easy for the average tourist. There is a lookout structure at the top which was closed. Went up in the evening and saw a handful of other groups. Definitely recommended when visiting Crater Lake. The entire Rim Dr is now open also.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

LOVE this hike! One of the best payoffs out there, killer views. Go early - beat the crowds and the sun (not many trees to shade you) - and this will be on your list of favorites.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

wonderful

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