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Pinnacles Valley Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chiloquin, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 39 ft Route type Out & Back

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Views

No dogs

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Getting There

This is an easy flat hike along the rim of a steep valley that features pinnacle shaped volcanic spires. It is located in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. This trail makes for an easy walk along the rim of Pinnacle Valley in Crater Lake National Park. There are great views of volcanic spires. Use caution near cliffs. Trail ends at park boundary. Accessible to wheelchairs with assistance. open to bicycles.

Pinnacle Spur Road ends in a looped parking lot with space for about 10 vehicles. You can NOT continue by vehicle past the trail to join with the Forest Service road on the other side. Conversely, you can not enter the park by vehicle from the east side of the trail.

The trailhead lies at the end of the Pinnacles Spur Road, 7 miles (11.3 km) Southeast of the Phantom Ship Overlook off of the main Rim Drive, on the southeast corner of Crater Lake National Park.

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Reviews (108)
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Matt Fornaciari
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Hiking

Pretty crowded and not that exciting

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Nathan Morris
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hannah hyun
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Hiking

Not really anything much at the end except the park boundary. The first few lookouts are where the best views are...

ricci lim
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HikingBugs

More of a walk than a hike. Easy gravel road. A couple of lookouts but we went to the edge of the park and turned around. Not a lot of people midday but was getting busy when we left. Lots of mosquitos!

Brock Hill
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Hiking

Great views of The Pinnacles from a very short and level trail.

Susy K.
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Hiking

Not much of a hike at all, just takes you out to a view point to see the pinnacles which are super cool. We almost didn’t go down the road after we saw the falls up the road, but we are so glad we did.

John valesano
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Hiking

Easy trail I hiked it in the afternoon, lighting not good, pinnacles in shadows. Probably best viewed in morning.

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Dieu Leming
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Hiking

Did this for a fun and easy hike. Took the trail to the edge of the park

Julie Fisher
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Hiking

I agree with others - the first 0.2 is the best. No need to go further if you have limited mobility. Very cool & worth it.

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Micah Pullen
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Hiking

Quick and easy

Edward Bender
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Hiking

Easy. Neat views of what reminds me of the hoodoos in Bryce.

Stephanie Beers
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Hiking

This “trail” is kinda pointless, no marker to really say end of trail & nothing to see for the last 1/2 of the “trail”. Nice views of the pinnacles for less than 0.2miles.

Steph R.
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Walking

Definitely worth checking! Easy flat walk. Really nice views of the pinacles at the beginning of the hike. Second part is more about the ones on the opposite rim. Very unusual rock formation so it’s really fun.

rilene ann
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This is amazing, everyone should experience this view.

Bill Crain
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Hiking

Nice hoodoos.... Reminds me a little bit of Bryce Canyon. Very short level little trail.

Steven Fischer
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Hiking

Nice easy walk to view some interesting rock formations. It's only necessary to walk a short distance to view the best formations. We walked to the park boundary where the old sign used to be, but there really aren't any better views of the pinnacles to be had by walking this far.

Ben Wood
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Hiking

Crazy rock formations abound. Easy hike.

Danielle Neubauer
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Super easy hike, and beautiful there, but not sure if it’s worth the drive

Francis Brero
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Hiking

Great views of the pinnacles! Not to be missed!

Josette Nowak
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Easy trail. Not necessary to go far for the best views. We went to the park boundary and saw the old stone structure that used to display the parks name. I assume this was once an access point to the park.

Sherry Alcazar
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Hiking

Short, flat stroll while viewing the pinnacles.

Bill Watson
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Hiking

Nice flat stroll out to some interesting volcanic spires caused by erosion that look similar to the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon... maybe worth a stop if you have 30-45 minutes to spare. TH is at the end of Pinnacles Spur Road, 7 miles south of Phantom Ship Overlook/7 miles from Steele Info Ctr.

Jillian Sz
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Nature trips

Short, easy trail. Nice views of pinnacles. Keep an eye on toddlers! May be an opportunity for some notable photography at dawn and dusk.

Jei Lee
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Hiking

Very easy trail. Anyone can do it! Just walk along the path to get awesome views of the pinnacles.

Niels Henning
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Easy walk with beautiful views!

Chiara Sulze
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nice easy trail, the pinnacles were cool but not earth-shatteringingly awesome. Worth the 6mile detour for sure though.

Neilsan Serif
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Hiking

Very easy nature walk southeast of Crater Lake, at the end of the road past Lost Creek campground. The natural volcanic spires are interesting and line the valley along the trail. There is a stone structure marking the point where the Pinnacles trail connects to the PCT

Katarina O'Dette
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Hiking

The Pinnacles were one of my favorite parts of the park. Really interesting structures, well worth the detour from the main rim drive. The views further down the trail give you a great look back at all the pinnacles.

Debra Meehan
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Hiking

A great short trail. I went beyond the National Park boundaries hoping the trail would loop around for a better vantage point of the pinnacles. Went another half mile or so, and the trail became less interesting. Due to the angle of the sun, the views were nice along the trail, but they almost better along the edge near the parking area..

Dan Algeo
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Hiking

this was very cool to see! i was unaware of it, very easy stroll with some cool views of canyon

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