Wizard Island Trail [CLOSED]

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Crater Lake National Park

Wizard Island Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 April until September.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 751 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

fee

no dogs

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. In order to get to Wizard Island, you have to get to the boat dock on the lakeshore via Cleetwood Cove Trail. It is a steep walk down, and you will need to walk back up on the way back- this part will be the most challenging part of the day. Shuttle boats will take you to this trailhead. The boat will then pick you up later that same day- you cannot camp out on the island. You'll need to reserve a spot on the Wizard Island shuttle to do this. Date & Time Everyday 9:45 AM to 1:45 PM,12:45 PM to 5:45 PM Fee Information $57 (Ages 13 and up) $36 (Ages 3-12) Contact Phone Number: 1-888-774-2728

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rocky
scramble
8 months ago

This trail is only open usually from mid-June(snow melt decides) until the first week of September and only accessed by boat.. The cove trail I don’t recommend since it is so rocky you can easily get hurt and the so called trail isn’t really marked. We were told it was rocky but never expected what we found. It is more bouldering than hiking. The peak trail is worth doing as the trail is in great shape and the view from the top is very good, count on about one hour to hike up. Be sure to make boat reservations early as they fill up quickly.

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8 months ago

Some obstacles/downed trees, but otherwise an enjoyable, worthwhile trek to the top of the cone with wonderful views.

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rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Ahh...mazing!

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9 months ago

Very rocky trail, but fantastic views from summit.

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9 months ago

Good easy hike. Worth the boat ride, The boat company doesn't tell you on their website, or when you book, that you only have 3 hours. 4 would have been better. Faster hikers can get 20 minutes of solitude at the top before the noisy horde of tourists begin trickling in and start their screeching. Then we scoot on down to the Fumerole Bay trail. Fair warning, you will need your billy goat card to handle the treacherous rockiness of this worth it side trail. There are a few good spots to jump in the refreshing water and eat a sandwich before winging back to the boat.

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rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Fun trip. Challenging hike on the island due to many rocks (ankle breakers abound) My son headed for the summit and I headed for Fumarole Cove. The trail to the cove is well worn but not well marked. Look for the worn rocks and keep going. You will have to work to get to the water, it never is an easy reach to the lake. I scrambled a bit and took a much more vertical route back up, I reccomend good boots for Wizard Island. There is little below the trail to the summit that is not rock. I saw people in tennis shoes come off the boat, but I would not suggest it at all. Children should be accustomed to walking/hiking. I did see an elderly person who was being helped every step, I highly suggest that is a bad idea.

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rocky
11 months ago

August 2018 - Great hike, amazing view. Not many pull outs to have picnic lunch, could’ve at the top but the elevation made me a bit nauseous (which never happened before) but we made do. The chipmunks will take your snacks if you leave it open. Tour/ticket is worth the trip to the island. Jump in the lake after you return to the cove, or you’ll be cold on that boat ride. It’s a cold cold swim but worth it.

Sun Oct 28 2018

Completed 9-9-18

hiking
Sat Sep 08 2018

A unique vantage point of Crater Lake that not many get access to! My 6yo was able to make it without a problem. We also hiked in to the pit of the cauldron at summit.

Sat Sep 01 2018

Really nice trail , We hiked down to the place where we took boat to Wizard Island, we hiked upto the volcanic site and the views from every corner on the way up to the summit were magnificent. I have shared some pics , do check them out. Also, although this trail is 2.1 miles, it doesn’t include the distance we walk down to the boat and up from boat to your car parking.

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Fri Aug 24 2018

Rated lower as was too smoky to see anything from the top. Starts out walking on some lava rock which was the most difficult for my kids. Fun to go inside the crater and was overall a easy moderate hike. I plan to do this one again when there isn't so much smoke.

Sat Aug 18 2018

Totally worth the trek up! Stunning views, plus a jump in the lake at the end!

Thu Jul 26 2018

Very fun experience! Loved jumping off the dock afterwards.

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Sun Jul 15 2018

Great hike, the highlight of a visit to Crater Lake in my opinion. Be prepared to go both down and up the Cleetwood Cove trail and yes, you'll need to reserve a spot on the Wizard Island shuttle to do this. There is a great spot just beyond the dock at Cleetwood Cove to jump into the cold lake water if you are so inclined. Once on Wizard Island, the hike took us 45 minutes up and 35 minutes down, so we enjoyed a lunch on top and took in the incredible views and amazingly blue water. Once down, we also did part of the Fumarole Bay trail, but we were running out of time and that trail is difficult to traverse due to the lava rock and it doesn't really take you to a good swimming location. Instead, we got in at the dock and swam very briefly. We also saw a fellow passenger catch an 18-inch rainbow trout, so bring along your fishing pole and artificial lure and see what you can catch. All told, between all three trails, we hiked about 6 miles with about 1,500 feet of vertical, so it's a full day adventure.

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Wed Jul 11 2018

Highly recommend this hike. You can only do it if you take the shuttle to Wizard Island. You can hike down into the crater, it is amazing!

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Mon Jul 09 2018

Cool to ride over to island and hike up to volcano rim and then down inside. 700ft up. Pretty easy hiking. Bit of an incline and same thing to get to the boat.

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Tue Jul 03 2018

Walking down into the Crater was the highlight of the hike!

Sat Mar 10 2018

amazing hike

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Tue Aug 29 2017

Great trail. Amazing views. You can walk around the rim of a crater on top of the island. Very peaceful and quiet, beautiful scenery. Switchbacks. A bit steep going up. Getting down is fast. This is one of the 2 trails on Wizard Island. The other one is Fumarole Bay, where you walk on lava rocks and you can see beautiful emerald color pools of water. There are boats from Cleetwood Cove that take you to Wizard Island.

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Fri Jul 28 2017

Simply incredible. Its a volcano in a culdera. Was filled with snow. Body surfed down into the opening. Inreal views.

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Thu Jul 27 2017

Fantastic part of Crater Lake. If there is snow in the crater of the island, belly slide down!

Wed Aug 10 2016

Beautiful views!

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Thu Aug 27 2015

Fantastic hike to the summit of Wizard Island. Rocky at the beginning, but smooths out after 5-10 minutes. Gorgeous views in all directions of Crater Lake.

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Tue Aug 27 2013

This is perhaps the best experience one can have at Crater Lake National Park. Many people take the boat cruise but few go out of their way to reserve one of the few spots per day that drop you off at Wizard Island. And I literally mean drop you off. There are no services or park personnel on the island and if you hurt yourself, you have a three hour wait until the boat comes back to get you. There are two trails you can take. One takes you to the top of the cinder cone and is a moderate hike up on mostly steep slopes covered with ash. The view from the top is spectacular and you can even trek down to the little caldera at the top of the cone. The other hike you can go on takes you around the north west side of the island onto an old lava flow that has created some emerald pools and small bays on the lake. This hike is relatively flat but tougher on the feet as the trail is mostly lava rocks and boulders. You have to watch your step at all times. Unfortunately, three hours on the island is not enough time to take both hikes. If you are even more adventurous, 8 persons per day are allowed to spend 6 hours on the island, which I plan to do nest time. I felt a bit rushed with only three hours.

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