Sun Notch Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Sun Notch Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Crater Lake, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
121 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

muddy

snow

no dogs

This is a quick loop off of Rim Road to a terrific viewpoint over Crater Lake down to the Phantom Ship Island below. You'll have great views of the towering walls of the rim around you as you hike across a nice meadow to the edge of the rim.

8 days ago

Stunning views and great bang for your buck! A very short (less than 10 mins) walk from the parking lot to the lookout, for amazing views over the lake. We were there about lunchtime on the 4th July and miraculously had the lookout to ourselves for about 20 minutes while we ate lunch.

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2 months ago

Short, relatively easy stroll up to a viewpoint of the Phantom Ship and other viewpoints of Crater Lake. Would not consider this if you plan to do Watchman's Peak or Garfield Peak or Mt. Scott, as the views are better on those hikes. This does deliver a fairly nice view of the ship. Maybe worth a stop if your time allows.

8 months ago

Easy but beautiful walk through the forest with amazing views of Crater Lake and the Phantom Ship.

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9 months ago

High "return on effort", great views for an easy hike (should not be classified as "moderate", though)

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9 months ago

Great view of the phantom ship!

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10 months ago

Super cute little loop. Very easy and short. 20 minutes at leisurely pace including brief photo stops to take amazing pictures of Phantom Ship and Wizard Island from two different lookout stops. Beautiful meadows and trees along the way.

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10 months ago

Amazing views of Phantom Ship, short, easy loop hike. Check with the park, dogs are NOT allowed on the trail right now. :(

11 months ago

How could this extremely easy trail get rated moderate?

11 months ago

Beautiful!

11 months ago

It was still snowy on the second half of the loop on 7/15/17! Perfect trail to stretch sore legs.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Easy trail with beautiful views

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Nice short little hike for novice hikers. We wanted to do Garfield Peak but it was the first sunny day after snowball so the trail was just too slushy and slippery to trek through for 3 miles, so we settled for Sun Notch. Honestly, this trail didn't provide any better viewpoints than places you could find driving around the loop. But it's nice for young children or older people who need to take it slow and easy. Beware of the falling piles of snow from the trees if you go on a sunny day!

Monday, September 05, 2016

very beautiful.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Short loop, semi-steep incline for some with a very well maintained trail. What makes it worth it are the views. Incredible views of all the major points and at an angle that most pictures are not taken at.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Short and easy with several incredible views. There are multiple lookouts, each with a different glimpse of the lake. This was our first hike on the trip and it was a great introduction to the lake.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

This trail is short and offers a spectacular view of the Phantom Ship and the lake itself. Pay attention to the proper trailhead as it has moved from the old position. The new trail is well groomed and easy to see and efforts are currently underway to control the erosion caused by the placement of the old trail. The overlooks are strategically placed giving you the best views possible. A great hike for the kids, short enough and well worth the effort.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

recorded Sun Notch Trail

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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