Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Chiloquin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike with spectacular view at the end. Just a little too popular for my tastes though, but that's probably what I get for hiking it on a Saturday of a holiday weekend.

hiking
4 days ago

Surprising trail with a nice reward at the end. Trail is mostly flat with a slight incline at the falls. We hiked between 2-3PM when the sun is on the falls and makes better pictures. The wildflowers were awesome along with hundreds of butterflies. Don't miss this one at Crater Lake NP.

Short, flat stroll while viewing the pinnacles.

on Mount Scott Trail

5 days ago

Very rewarding hike. Couldn't quite tell if I was close to the top then all of a sudden you turn a corner and see the fire lookout not far off.

Great trail and only place you can swim in the park (unless you take the shuttle to Wizard Island).
Challenging hike with lots of switchbacks, but well
Worth it. You can see the clear blue water and jump off a 35ft cliff! Lots of people hanging around the water, temps were 55 degrees! The cliff jump is well worth the cold for a few minutes. But, I did not hang around to swim.
If you take the shuttle around Crater Lake, you will
Have to do this hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Highest point in the park and definitely the best 360 view. It is challenging with lots of switchbacks. But, the views are worth it.

Very nice trail. Quite a lot of people, so we didn’t get too close to the actual waterfall. The flowers were all in full bloom and the butterflies were plentiful. It was a simple hike with a fantastic waterfall and a rushing brook as well.

on Cleetwood Cove Trail

hiking
9 days ago

So so. Nice views of the lake.

hiking
9 days ago

Definitely worth it to hike to the bottom. Make sure you jump in and swim! Active wife and I made it up in 20-25 min.

Unbelievably gorgeous in mid-July with rainbows of flowers and mossy springs gurgling across the stones of the path. Quick and lovely leg-stretch for adults with parking on the East Rim Road. Excellent for children (kindergarten and up?) to explore. Little girls might like to pretend fairies live by the smallest spring trickles. Mosquito-infested. Definitely not wheelchair accessible.

An explosion of wildflowers and butterflies! The walk to the falls is on a wide, flat hard-packed gravel trail appropriate for almost all ages and abilities. Even a person being pushed in a wheelchair can go all the way up to the falls. The forest is pleasant and fragrant but ordinary. Then come the falls! We were there in mid-July and the wildflowers were spectacular—over a dozen kinds covering the creek banks in profusion. A hundred (or so) tiny blue butterflies were drinking from puddles on the path and anyone who reached down soon had a butterfly or two on their fingers. The falls are lovely, too (If you have an iPhone, take a Live Photo and convert it to long exposure!). Definitely worth taking a picnic or guitar or drawing pad and spending some time at this beautiful destination. Mosquitos are abundant. No bathroom at trailhead or anywhere on the trail.

Definitely worth the effort for the views from the top! It’s a constant but not too strenuous elevation gain, and there are some pretty wildflowers and interestingly gnarled trees to look at along the trail (as well as the views!). We hiked this trail in the afternoon on 4th July and even though the parking lot was very busy we only passed a handful of other groups on the trail. There was also snow in pockets along the trail, but not on the trail itself.

A very pleasant walk through the drier forest up to the wetter areas and then the waterfall. Some moderate parts but not strenuous at all - we walked it in well less than an hour, including a good stop at the falls. Definitely recommend wearing insect repellent, as the mosquitoes are relentless. Also look out for the tiny butterflies on the ground near the stop for the waterfall at the end of the trail! Several of them had been squished which was quite sad to see.

It’s a steep but short trail. We’re quite fit and we did it in ~15 mins going down and 30 mins going up, but that was at a fairly good pace and not stopping the whole way up. It’s worth it to go on the boat ride, or if it’s warm enough (and/or you’re brave enough!) to swim in the cold cold water.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice easy hike. In fact, I’d rate this as “easy” and not moderate. But I guess it’s a subjective measure.
You get great views up at the top. It is a high traffic trail so keep that in mind for weekends and holidays. I went on the trail on July 5th so it was predictably busy.

Went on this hike and Garfield to get the full experience of Crater Lake from the bottom to the top of the lookout. It was cool to feel the water and see some people jumping off the cliffs. So beautiful and worth the hike up and down! A little bit more populated because a lot of people are going down for the boat tours. The way back up was a little rough but not too bad, it is more steep than Garfield.

hiking
12 days ago

Compared to other trails around crater lake this trail has limited views. It is the only way to get down to the water but unless you plan to fish or swim in the very cold water it is not that special.

The views from the top were spectacular and well worth the hike up. the trail has lots of views of the Lake, but also views of the valleys and mountains looking down from Rim. it was clear when we hiked it and we even got a great view of far away Mount Shasta.

Spectacular views as you walk to the shore of Crater Lake. .

hiking
16 days ago

A fun, short, steep hike. Be prepared for lots of mosquitoes, though.

Half hour drive from lodge. Well marked and maintained trail. Completely free from snow end of June. Great views of the lake from above. Moderate hike if you are active. We had the mountain to ourselves at 6 am.

This trail was a lot of fun! It is very different seeing the lake from the water instead of from on top. The water is beautiful up close.

This is not a review - but rather a warning that as of 6/24/18 this trail is still closed.

hiking
24 days ago

Amazing hike! Beautiful scenery and well worth the hike to the top. Elevation climb of 3,000 feet happens quickly w/in 2.5 miles so bring water and your stamina! The fire lookout on top is very picturesque. Best views of Crater Lake!

Bring bug spray. Lots of mosquitos. Relatively flat easy hike, nice fall at the end.

hiking
25 days ago

This is an amazing, but difficult hike. I highly recommend hiking poles for both down and up. The reward is breathtaking views down and at lakes edge. The water is the most clear I’ve ever seen! The water was cold 42 degrees today, but felt good on tired feet! The hike up took us a hour, but we stopped often. Pack light, but take food and water. And if you are crazy enough to swim, take a towel, because you can jump off cliffs into the cleanest lake in the US, maybe the world.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the only spots you can see Crater Lake. The first half is brutal. It's a gradual incline on the edge of the mountain that seems to go on forever. You'll be relieved one you rach the first switchback. Very cold and windy at the top compared to the base. Beautiful beautiful view at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

wonderful trail we got to the waters edge and lighting started and were told to hike back out still great day

hiking
2 months ago

Nice flat stroll out to some interesting volcanic spires caused by erosion that look similar to the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon... maybe worth a stop if you have 30-45 minutes to spare. TH is at the end of Pinnacles Spur Road, 7 miles south of Phantom Ship Overlook/7 miles from Steele Info Ctr.

nature trips
4 months ago

Short, easy trail. Nice views of pinnacles. Keep an eye on toddlers! May be an opportunity for some notable photography at dawn and dusk.

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