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The Watchman Peak Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Crater Lake, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 387 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

Closed

No dogs

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Getting There

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. Please note: this trail may close seasonally, sometimes even into July. Please check with park prior to your visit. The Watchman Peak Trail in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, is a moderately steep out and back climb to a 360 degree view on the west side above Crater Lake from a historic fire lookout. Starting from the Watchman Overlook pullout, 3.7 miles north and west of Rim Village on West Rim Drive overlooking Wizard Island, the Watchman Peak Trail starts from the south end of a paved parking area and gradually switchbacks up to The Watchman fire tower overlooking Crater Lake and panoramic views over the entire surrounding area. This key vantage point offers spectacular views of the lake and Wizard Island, especially in the afternoon. Also night hikes with a ranger are available for some awesome star gazing.

Picnic tables, restroom facilities and ample paved parking are available at the Watchman Overlook Trailhead.

Crater Lake National Park P.O. Box 7 Crater Lake, Oregon 97604 Phone: (541) 594-3000 http://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm

Trailhead: Watchman Overlook, 3.7 miles north and west of Rim Village on West Rim Drive overlooking Wizard Island. Directions to Crater Lake National Park: Roads inside and close to the park are typical mountain roads with many curves and a number of drop-offs. Weather can change suddenly, with snowstorms even in August. Drive cautiously especially if you're not used to mountain driving. From the South (Year Round): From Medford - Route 62 north and east to the park's west entrance. From Klamath Falls - Route 97 north to Route 62 north and west to the park's south entrance. From the North (Summer): The park's north entrance is closed in the winter and spring. Dates can vary, but typically the north entrance is closed from early November to June. Please call park dispatch for the latest road status (541) 594-3000. From Roseburg - Route 138 east to the park's north entrance. From Bend - Route 97 south to Route 138 west to the park's north entrance. From the North (Winter): From Roseburg - Route 138 east to Route 230 south to Route 62 east to the park's west entrance. From Bend - Route 97 south to Route 62 north and west to the park's south entrance. Please be aware that areas in and close to the park have little to no cell phone coverage. In planning your trip, also know that from November to May, there is no gasoline for sale in the park. The nearest gas stations are 35 miles away in the towns of Chiloquin and Prospect. For GPS: The park has no physical address. The Steel Visitor Center (open year round) is at 42 53' 48.91"N 122 08' 03.08"W or you can enter "Crater Lake" as a town or waypoint. Reference: http://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/directions.htm

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Morgan Andrews
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Steep, icy, windy, but well worth it!

Kristina Baugh
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Hiking

Did this one in July and it was amazing! Busy during the summer but great views!

Kevin Keyser
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Hiking

The views are beautiful and the trail is great. The elevation however was murder for me, I live at 800' above sea leave so this may be listed as moderate, but the elevation change for me made this one strenuous.

Rujun K.
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We missed the start pint of the trail at first time parked in watchman lookout, when we parked the car at the second time, we found the trail head on the right side of the lookout. There were snow on the shallow side of the mountain and slippery at the beginning of 100 meters. The view was extremely beautiful and breathtaking. Definitely it is must do it trail in the park. I hope we could stay in the camping site next time and have more time to do hiking trail in the park.

Barb Cagley
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Hiking

I really enjoyed looking down on Wizard island (plus the wind died down considerable once we got above the parking lot elevation)

Tina Nguyen
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Easy and pretty

Michelle Reitan
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Hiking

Great views of Crater Lake from the top! Hiked this the last week in September and the weather was windy and chilly but clear. Would definitely recommend for any Crater Lake visitor looking for a great view and moderate hike.

Sarah Hikes a Lot
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Hiking

We hiked this the last week of September and it was beautiful! There is plenty of shade and before you know it, you're at the top! Fast hike with pretty scenery! It's rated moderate, but i would consider it easy for avid hikers. The trail is smooth, wide, and the incline is steady. A must while you're visiting Crater Lake. I believe the elevation at the top of Watchman is 8012 ft, but you're only gaining a little over 300ft on this trail.

Charlie Hendrix
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Jim Bouchard
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Magnificent views of Crater Lake and the surrounding countryside. Wizard Island in the foreground.

Jenny Thi
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Great for a sunset!

Jenny Thi
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Hiking

Great for a sunset!

Jenny Thi
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Hiking

Great for a sunset!

Susy K.
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Hiking

Great little trek up to gain a bit higher view. Nice little spot at the top for photos and the lookout building is cool too, although you can’t go up on its deck.

Manoj Yelavarthy
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Hiking

An awesome place to get some good sunset views. If you’re visiting crater lake, then save this one for sunset.

Kristen Spector
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Beautiful quick hike with gorgeous views!

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Erin Johnson
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Did this hike at the beginning of August. Pretty steep on the way up but it’s not too long of a walk. Great views from the top so it’s worth it.

Linda van der Steen
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Hiking

Really loved the view. Most beautiful walk in crater lake.

Dana Robertson
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It was definitely a steep-ish incline for me (I’m moderately in shape) but it was a quick hike so it was over quickly! Pretty big elevation change so the views are beautiful on the top. Took us maybe 20-30 minutes to get to the top.

Michael Davi
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Great views. Well groomed trail.

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Liane Alisa
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Hiking

Good hike with nice overall, unobstructed view of Crater Lake

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Rachael Howie
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Hiking

great, easy trail my 6yo could make with the best views!

Kiersten O'Dellick
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Hiking

Nice trail and really beautiful views of the lakes. The little lookout spots are great for picture taking. For not much elevation gain it still had a lot of people stopping for a breather. But overall short and worth the views!

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Lauren Messing
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Hiking

Lots of sun on the trail but not too bad of a hike up. The views of the lake and surrounding mountains are awesome.

Brian Anderson
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Hiking

Great views at the top. Trail is not all that exciting itself, but the views are worth it.

John valesano
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Beautiful 360 degree views. Nice trail Very clear skies.

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Bill H
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Hiking

Nice trail. Easy on the feet. Great view at the top.

Paul Sannar
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Hiking

Nice trail with easy path. Great views from the top. busy with all types of people.

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Shelby Unger
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Hiking

A short walk to beautiful views! Well worth the 400 feet

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