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Pinnacles Valley Trail [CLOSED]

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Crater Lake National Park

Pinnacles Valley Trail [CLOSED] 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.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 39 feet Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

views

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

Quick and easy

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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.

walking
11 months ago

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.

Sun May 12 2019

This is amazing, everyone should experience this view.

hiking
Sat Sep 15 2018

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

hiking
Mon Sep 10 2018

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.

hiking
Fri Aug 17 2018

Crazy rock formations abound. Easy hike.

Sun Aug 05 2018

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

hiking
Thu Jul 26 2018

Great views of the pinnacles! Not to be missed!

Thu Jul 19 2018

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.

hiking
Sat Jul 14 2018

Short, flat stroll while viewing the pinnacles.

hiking
Mon Apr 30 2018

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.

nature trips
Mon Feb 19 2018

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

hiking
Thu Sep 28 2017

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

Wed Sep 13 2017

Easy walk with beautiful views!

Tue Aug 22 2017

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

hiking
Sun Oct 11 2015

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

hiking
Sat Oct 18 2014

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.

hiking
Sun Oct 12 2014

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..

hiking
Mon Sep 29 2014

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

walking
Sun Aug 25 2013

This is a very easy wall/hike that offers spectacular views of ancient volcanic formations. We arrived early Sunday morning to find the trail all to ourselves but I know that in better weather and at normal hours, this is a popular destination. We walked the trail to the park entrance. The trail is smooth and could possibly be negotiated in a wheelchair. Looking at maps of this trek before actually walking it I always thought you could drive out of the park but you can not. THe park road stops,the trail starts and somewhere beyond the park entrance, the trail then becomes a forest service road. So you can not take a vehicle in and out out of the park this way.

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