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.

Length0.8 miElevation gain127 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyWalkingForestLakeViewsSnowFeeNo 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. 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.

There is a $15 to $20 fee to enter the National Park.

Follow the Park Rim Road east from the Visitor Center or Rim Village. When you pass Videa Waterfall keep an eye out for the trailhead on the next tight turn.

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Hannah Ortiz
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Loved it. Definitely should have worn snow shoes but it was an easy enough walk with just boots!

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Amy Ruebeck
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Bryan Schatzlein
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Nice little loop with a great closeup view of the Phantom Ship. Definitely worth the stop for this unique view of the lake!

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Ben Roman
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Angel Dorsett
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Beautiful and worth the trip!

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Sam Trauernicht
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Well defined. Not too steep. Beautiful views.

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Easy walk with nice views. I bet it gets crowded in summer...

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Lacy Parker
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Maggie Blackwood
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Quick and easy hike! Would recommend

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Darlene Hensley
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Kevin Lane
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Wendy Willis Miller
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Excellent super short hike, perfect for a leg stretch while doing the Rim Road drive. Views are fantastic!

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Michelle Crandall
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Short & sweet and uncrowded.

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Goutham Nandan
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Very easy trail and a must do trail in Crater Lake. The views from this point give you a really good blue view of the lake. The views from this trail haunted me for a couple of days!

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Lacy Parker
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Kyle Stewart
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Easy hike for the kids, got great view of the sunset.

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Matthew Kroeker
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Jason Napieralski
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Beautiful views of the lake & great for a family hike

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PillowFightr E
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Love this little hike, best views of the phantom ship

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Paul Remmenga
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Lynda Jao
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Short walk to a nice viewpoint. Echoing other's sentiments, you can get the same viewpoints at some pullouts. Not a must do in the park. If you're looking for easier hikes, I would recommend doing small parts of other longer hikes instead.

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Bill Catherall
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Angela Liu
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Matt Viehdorfer
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Robert Jacobson
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Short, easy, nice view of the Phantom Ship. Plenty of deer near the trail.

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Tim Lewis
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