Crater Lake Trail

HARD 8 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
764 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.

2 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

3 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!

3 months ago

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

5 months ago


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.