Crater Lake Trail

HARD 12 reviews

Crater Lake Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Elk Mountain, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.9 miles
751 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





Directions from Arlington: Travel 11 miles south on Forest Road #111, 1.5 miles south on Forest Road #101 and 2 miles northeast on Primitive Road #113.

1 day ago

The hike was gorgeous and well worth it. Short hike but even though it says hard; a large part of the trail is moderate to easy until you get to the overlook. Then the trail gets hard headed down to the water. So even a beginner could see the beautiful lake from the top. There’s also a couple really nice areas to camp. We plan to back pack next time and set up camp.

7 months ago

Don't be fooled by the "hard" level. 95% of the trail is easy. The overlook of the lake is worth the trip, which you can hike to for the photo opp then turn around for an easy day hike. The color of the water from the lookout is worth The trip. You'll be amazed how blue looking the water is. No picture will do it justice. The "hard" portion is from the overlook down to the lake itself, which probably should be classified as "very damn hard". The trail is lightly traveled, so there is some downed trees in the trail, but you can easily get around them. We set up camp near the lookout and enjoyed an easy overnight trip. You should too.

10 months ago

Awesome hike. But a lot of trees down on trail. But all in all it's a great hike some good fishing and places to tent camp if you wanted. Would definitely do it again

11 months ago

Pretty easy hike for the first part of it, but once you hit the overlook of the lake it gets a bit tougher. Especially when you have to come back up! Beautiful hike though, plus the lake is a sight to see. Definitely a hike I'll do again!

11 months ago

allot of trees down across the trail. but worth the hike.

Monday, May 15, 2017


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

As said before the first 1.8miles pretty easy if you are use to hiking at altitude. The hill down is hard and of course you have to go back up. That is about .5 miles. Beautiful place. There is also a campground on the opposite side and the trail from that campground is easier but twice as long. 4 miles one way. Also, come through the town of Arlington. Much shorter trip. The map took us through elk mountain which is longer but pretty none the less.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Great trail awesome views

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Great short hike. Good brookie fishing in the lake.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Great day hike! Went late June and there was still snow. My dog and I were the only ones on the trail that day (out and back). The trail was easy unless you make the descent to the lake, which is all switchback, coming back up was strenuous but short. There is also a developed campsite at the lake. It is one of the most peaceful places I have been in my life. Saw a moose driving to the trailhead.

7 days ago

5 months ago