Wizard Island Trail is a 2.2 mile loop trail located near Crater Lake, Oregon. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
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.
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.