Mount Scott Trail

MODERATE 89 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
1259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

hiking
22 hours ago

Amazing hike! Beautiful.

hiking
22 days 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
4 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
5 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.

5 months ago

Amazing hike! Somewhat intense but doable climb.

hiking
8 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!

8 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
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

Beautiful Trail, liked it!

hiking
9 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
9 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
9 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
10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Great view on the top with thousands of butterflies

10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

Good stuff

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Great moderate trail with outstanding views of Crater Lake, Mount Shasta and the Klamath Valley. Trail is moderate going up the entire way with a few steeper switchbacks near the top. Top is a great spot for lunch before heading down. Hike is closer to 5 miles round trip. We also hiked Mt Garfield and Watchman. I would rate Scott and Garfield as a close 1 and 2.

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

This is a pretty great trail. It has switchbacks, forests, big rocks to climb on and fantastic views of crater lake and the entire area. If you only have the stamina for one hike in the area this is the one you should do. The hike itself was not too bad and there were a fair amount of people who weren't in the best of shape at the summit which is marked by a cool lookout building. My favorite part of the trail was looking at the trail from the top and seeing how it winds around the mountain. The view of lake is great and it makes this trail worth doing.

hiking
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Beautiful hike! The views from the summit were amazing!

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

It gets steeper as you approach the summit. Bring water. Wonderful views from atop.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Steady incline which was nice, wonderful views, well worth the hike

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fantastic hike to a great overview of crater Lake

hiking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

It started snowing on us very beautiful scenery!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Pretty awesome panoramic views of crater lake

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