Wizard Island Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Wizard Island Trail is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Crater Lake, Oregon. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
738 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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no dogs

20 days ago

Very fun experience! Loved jumping off the dock afterwards.

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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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

5 months ago

amazing hike

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11 months ago

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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Friday, July 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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Thursday, July 27, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Beautiful views!

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Thursday, August 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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Tuesday, August 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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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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