Union Peak Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Crater Lake, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length9.6 miElevation gain1,683 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeFee
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Crater Lake National Park charges a fee to enter or you can purchase an annual park-specific pass. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

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Kori Faraoni
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Easy to get to and well marked trailhead. Minimal elevation gain until you reach the climb to the peak. You do need to climb up some rocks at the top, but the incredible views are worth it! The hike is a bit over 11 miles.

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Josh Hulstein
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arnie klott
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HikingRockyScramble

Well, if you read the trail sign at the trailhead, it says it is the “steepest in Southern Oregon”. With the exception of the top of Thielson, they might be right. Been up there 3 times now and it never disappoints. Clear skies, a bit on the windy side today, but just keep working your way up, and go into “ 4 on the floor” at the final 30 feet if you need to. Only 3 others seen today.... on a Sunday!

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Greg Wagner
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Hiking

Wonderful if somewhat difficult trail. The last push is 36 switchbacks and 600-700 feet in half a mile over loose rock. No views from the top this morning as the peak was in a cloud. I’ll look forward to returning in sunnier weather.

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Micah Pullen
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HikingGreat!

Great views today. Not as bad as I thought it would be.

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Paul Remmenga
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Hiking

Had a blast cruising through this cool section of forest on the PCT. Kinda heavy smoke as you started climbing the peak. Still had a blast!

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Steve Dunmead
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HikingGreat!

First 4 miles is a relatively easy stroll through the forest. The last mile is a bunch of rocky, steep switchbacks. Last 200 feet vertical is hand over hand crawling on bolders. Great views in all directions somewhat obscured by smoke. Great hike.

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Erin A Olinick
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We had the entire trail to ourselves all day. We kept up a loud racket, singing and chatting, to keep the mountain lions -- which had been sighted on the trail earlier in the month -- at bay. The rocky scramble at the peak was a little intimidating, but very fun. Super buggy at the top. We did many of the trails in Crater Lake this week and Union Peak was a highlight. With plenty of water and sun protection, this trail is very enjoyable.

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Kendra Phillips
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Cindy Malriat
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good trail, didn't finish the last 200 yds due to my having height issues, but good trail up to that point.

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Josh Hulstein
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HikingGreat!

Don't know why we didn't do it sooner. Definitely a gem of a hike.

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Jerrin Jacob
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Backpacking

This was my first ever solo backpacking trip completed over a year ago and a good one at that. I don’t remember the elevation gain being an issue, felt gradual. It was a rainy day, camped out a little before the peak off the trail in the woods; the night was a little spooky considering all the factors (first solo backpacking trip, rainy, camped in a forest) but an incredible and memorable experience as a result. I’ve created a montage of my trip (dated 7/4/2020) that can be viewed on my Instagram @ExplorerJerrin. Cheers!

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Roger Jenkins
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Camping

I cannot speak to the entire trail, and after reading another review I wish I had bc the Peak sounded really nice. But I only had three days in Crater Lake National Park at the end of summer and I did a bunch of hikes all relating to the bluest of lakes. I did about half of the Union Peak Trail as I backcountry camped at about the half way point where the PCT and the Union Peak Trl intersect. It is a beautiful place with tall old trees, a really splendid peaceful forest. For my full trip report with pictures, video and story including find bear poop next to my tent please visit my blog which will also have other great hikes I recommend for Crater Lake: https://nationalparkshikingpursuingbalancethruadventure.wordpress.com/2020/02/04/back-country-camping/

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Rachel Osbon
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HikingOff trailRocky

Fun hike all the way but the actual peak climb was my favorite. Expansive views during the climb. Geological marker at the top. Would rate as moderate.

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Simple Skiing
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It's an interesting hike/run as you're in dense forest for the first 3 miles. It's not until it's nearly upon you that you finally get a glimpse of the peak. Nice gentle terrain through the forest before the climb up the peak which gets steeper the higher you go. Last 100 or so feet there is no trail, so be careful, and take your time going up the rock. Views from the top are exceptional, with views of at the very least Diamond Peak south to Mt. McLoughlin and the Mountain Lakes Wilderness as well as everything in-between. Very highly recommended. You can check out my video of my experience here: https://youtu.be/CKvKcARJ_YQ

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Chris Kornblatt
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Chris Kornblatt
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Lusann Strop
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Raymond Wetmore
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John Woodward
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Henry Hampton
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Amy Hutchinson
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Maria Enrione
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Jack Kimmell
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Julie West
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Kristina Cartwright
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