Mount Scott Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily 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.

Length4.2 miElevation gain1,259 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewswild-flowersWildlifeSnowFeeNo dogs
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Crater Lake National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle (Winter Rate: $25) or $25 per motorcycle (Winter Rate: $15). Winter rates apply between Nov 1 - May 21. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. A fun ascent of Mt. Scott, the highest point of Crater Lake. You'll have amazing views of the lake below.

There is a $20 fee to get into the National Park.

Directions from Annie Spring Entrance Station: Drive northward 4 miles to Park Headquarters. Turn on to East Rim Drive and travel 14 miles to the trailhead, which lies on the right side of the road.

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Inbar Yaar
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Kristi Hill
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Park fee was $30, maybe I took a different entrance, came from southern direction up to the park. Weather could not have been more perfect! Not a cloud in the sky, no smoke, and I completed the hike in just a short sleeved button-up (didn't even need that for most of the hike) and leggings. Perfect afternoon hike. Incredible views, colors, weather, and a nice little workout. And a lot of cool little climbable/fun boulder spots along the way around the switchbacks. Bring a full water bottle!

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Ben Roman
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Julie Watson
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Went on a very very smoky day but still got up and done before the lake was totally socked in. Great hike with great views!

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Eric Fichter
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Jeannie Wu
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Visited crater lake over LDW. Try to start early because there's no shade on this trail. Views at the top are great though when it's not hazy! Nice gradual incline

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Kayla Wilson
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Cora Duarte
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It’s a bit of a workout. It’s a gradual incline on the way up and opposite on the way back down. You get great views of both the lake and cascades on either side once you get up to the switchbacks. There’s an almost 360 view once you get to the top, worth it!

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Thomas Knez
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Mark Stritzler
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Lindsay Carpluk
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Hiked up for sunset and made it just in time (took us a little over an hour but we were booking it) super cold at top but the view of sunset was the best ever and so worth it!

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Raymond Wetmore
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This was very enjoyable. If your in Crater Lake highly recommend this one I was by myself most is the day. Steepest hike in Crater Lake with a little 100 ft scramble at the summit.

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Esteban Torres
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Rather easy, visibility was not good but I still enjoyed it. Will have to do it again before I leave

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Tanja Gg
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Axel Bethke
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Kayetan Wozniak
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Zara Fong
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High winds up top— hold onto your hat! Otherwise easy and quick hike.

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Willie Bandong
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Trails are visibly clear but horizon smokey as seen from the summit. Will do this again in the future.

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Y L
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Steady incline with great views all along the trail. Can get really windy at the switchbacks toward the end and the ridge to get to the little hut. Great view of the beautiful and blue crater lake (when it’s not smoky)

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Matt Anthony
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Beautiful steady climb to the top. The forest fires in all directions hampered some of the views, but still managed to see the top of Mt. Shasta, and of course the great view of Crater Lake.

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Sierra Hancock
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Started at 10 and the trail was mostly shade. There was really strong winds after the last switchback. Beautiful views the whole way up!

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Harsha Gavarna
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Hiked up to watch sunrise from up Mt. Scott on labor day. Had the trail and the top for ourselves the whole way. Solid short uphill hike with fantastic views all around and a different perspective of Crater Lake. Highly recommend.

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Joseph Farrell
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This hike is spectacular. One of my favorites I’ve done in some time. I started at 2pm and had most of the trail to myself, including the entire summit. If you start in afternoon like I did, you will be in the sun almost the entire time so bring lots of water. The few people I saw on the trail were very considerate and friendly.

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Dan Crowley
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The NPS put big strenuous warning sign at the trailhead, but I think that’s more for the least fit individuals...definitely an over statement, so don’t be alarmed by that. It is a steady uphill hike though. I did this with my late 50s mom who is not a huge hiker, she was tired but just fine. What can you say? It’s a big mountain over Crater Lake! Picturesque views of mountains all over the area including Thielsen, Union, and McLaughlin

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Alex Vang
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Ryan Mould
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Trail was clear and accessible. Heavy smoke in air which really lessened the view. Lots of open space to see things from the trail. Take some snacks and enjoy a sit at the top!

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Bela Szabadi
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Takeshi Hasegawa
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Jeremy Jones
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I hiked this trail with my wife at a slow/moderate pace during a hot morning on Labor Day weekend. The trail is mostly well kept and has partial shade throughout. The peak gives you a 360 vantage point around Crater Lake but does not give you the best photo opportunities within the park. Worth the hike for avid hikers but if you are more concerned with photo ops and only can hike one route then choose Garfield Peak.

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M Glenn
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