Sun Notch Trail

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Sun Notch Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Crater Lake, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 127 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

walking

forest

lake

views

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent sun set views!!

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty views of the Phantom Ship! This is an easy hike and was great for the whole family!

hiking
5 months ago

Quick little walk with pretty views! Took us 25 minutes with stopping to take lots of pictures.

hiking
5 months ago

What a beautiful hike. We always like to do a “plus hike” at the end of the day. We saw a bunch of cars and whipped into the parking lot at the last minute. What a delightful place. Easy hike and seems good for all abilities. Great views of the Crater, Mt. Thielsen and surrounding red cliffs. We saw deer in the meadow.

hiking
5 months ago

Great sunset views! The trail is super easy and wide, few people out this time of day in September, so watching the sunset over the lake is peaceful and jaw droppingly beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy and well maintained. The lake is just beautiful from here. Good view of phantom ship. Saw 2 deer in the middle of the meadow.

hiking
6 months ago

the best trail to hit up when you first get to Crater Lake beautiful views in all Direction.

hiking
6 months ago

Simple easy trail for everyone. Great views of phantom ship in Crater Lake.

7 months ago

This was a nice little trail, really short but the scenery is worth it. You get a real nice view of the Phantom Ship if you look for the right place. There's not much long distance hiking to do at Crater Lake so it was more of a relaxing sight seeing day which was good after three days of hiking 15-20 mile days.

hiking
7 months ago

nice and short with great views. easy hike and let's most anyone view the lake from a different perspective

hiking
7 months ago

Easy loop trail. Kids 8 & 6 enjoyed it. Beautiful views of Phantom Ship plus a friendly deer!

hiking
7 months ago

Great views of phantom ship!

hiking
7 months ago

Stunning views, very easy, slight uphill with no benches to rest on until the top. I would love to hike again during sunrise or even a sunset. It is a beautiful trail.

hiking
Sat Sep 15 2018

Last hike of the day. Took some very good pics that would have been great if I'd been there 20 minutes earlier. Very easy walk...

hiking
Mon Sep 10 2018

Not crowded at all when we were there. Very easy "hike" to get to the rim and view the lake and Phantom Ship. As stated before, pretty dusty on the trail. Accessible to all ages.

hiking
Sat Sep 08 2018

Easy peasy if you're an active hiker. I hiked with wife and kids and there were no complaints of strain on this loop. There is a bit of an uphill but it'll make the outstanding view of the lake and Phantom Ship all the worthwhile for casual strollers - and this will be more like a stroll then a hike. The trail was dusty so were appropriate shoes (opened toed shoe wearers be aware). Also, when you approach the first viewpoint on a busy day there will be jocking for photo position. Note that there are multiple viewpoints so just move along to the next one if first is crowded.

hiking
Thu Sep 06 2018

Phantom Ship view that’s worth the easy switch back trail to the ridge. I’d rate this as easy not moderate. The cliffs off to the east as you near the top are stunning, especially in the afternoon light.

Tue Aug 14 2018

Sun notch is a beautiful, easy, rewarding loop that offers a break from the crowds at the rim. I recommend this spot as a refuge for someone who is prone to vertigo and experiencing fear of heights, which can be intense elsewhere in crater. just gorgeous views of the lake and phantom ship.

hiking
Tue Aug 07 2018

Short and easy hike to great views of the phantom ship. This hike has ranger led hikes in the afternoon and is wheelchair accessible. Pretty smooth gravel path with lots of “pull over” spots and a few benches. I agree that is should be rated easy instead of moderate.

Thu Jul 19 2018

This was a pretty hike. You can get the best view of Phantom Ship from here.

Sun Jul 08 2018

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.

hiking
Mon Apr 30 2018

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.

Thu Oct 19 2017

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

hiking
Wed Oct 11 2017

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

hiking
Thu Sep 28 2017

Great view of the phantom ship!

hiking
Sun Aug 27 2017

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.

hiking
Wed Aug 16 2017

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

Mon Aug 07 2017

How could this extremely easy trail get rated moderate?

Fri Jul 21 2017

Beautiful!

Mon Jul 17 2017

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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