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

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5 months ago

Hikes this today 5/28/18. My FitBit watch said it was over 13 miles round trip, but I did go off trail a few times to navigate over and around the snow. It was pretty strenuous due to the amount of snow still on the ground. This would’ve probably been a beautiful hike, but a large portion of the forest has been burned out due to the fires in 2017. There are a lot of burnt trees covering the trail and my hiking pack, as well as the clothes I wore, both had black streaks on them from rubbing on the trees as I went around them. I managed to make it to the falls using the gps feature on AllTrails and The Hiking Project apps. I did fall a few times because the snow sucked my leg in up to mid thigh. Overall, it was a good workout, but I think you can probably find a lot better waterfall elsewhere. Happy exploring.

hiking
8 months ago

If you like trails sparsely populated by humans, this is a good one. I had some difficulty finding the trailhead and luckily parked at a picnic area (Lodgepole Picnic site) across Hwy 62 and decided to follow the only trailhead I could find, that for Pumice Flats, which was Stuart Falls Trail. The trail starts with easy inclines through an open and sun-dappled stretch of lodgepole pine. There are bears in the area, and it looked to me that they were recent visitors, if I identified the scat right. The trail meanders through the lodgepole into increasing elevation changes, more rocky terrain, with a change to doug fir. One memorable moment was coming up out of a bottom below a forested bluff to find a cliffside view of turkey vultures sunning themselves. They turned slowly around to take a look at me before spreading their wings and falling off the cliff edge. They soared back upward and around and circled over me closely, curious. Looking south toward Goose Nest and Goose Egg peaks, it was strikingly apparent that I did not have any human company and between the vultures, the bear scat and the strong scent of ammonia (read: not bears) further down the trail, it was equally apparent that I was not a creature alone. I hiked this trail in mid August during a very dry year and when I came to the second of two creek crossings and realized the water supply was barely measurable, I did not continue to the falls and complete this trail that day. However, the flora, topography, views, the scarcity of human company, and the opportunity to cross paths with various fauna makes this a very special and personally valuable trail and I look forward to returning. Keep this one wild, folks! It's a treasure.
Note: The Fall itself is actually outside of the southern park boundary of Crater Lake NP.

snowshoeing
9 months ago

Did this portion while snow camping towards watchmen tower. Easy to follow the closed road and the views were great!

Got lucky with a beautiful, sunny, low wind day. The snow was dense so was able to walk with microspikes to Discovery Point easily. Views are surreal. Snowshoes came in handy when I extended my hike to Watchman Overlook for an ~8 mile RT. Didn't see a winter trail to Watchman Peak, which may be OK as there was a lot of loose snow and ice on the steep incline. Depending on where you drive in from make sure your GPS knows only the South road is open during winter time.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Beautiful, nice scenic hikes and view. Only negative is no dogs allowed

hiking
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Very scenic easy hike in front of some dangerous but gorgeous views. Be careful not to slip down the rocks.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

crowded tourist zone. not great for actual outdoorsy people looking for nature solitude.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Good view of crater lake, pretty easy hike.

backpacking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Too crowded, everything cost money and every view is cluttered with tourist!

snowshoeing
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Snowshoed this trail with my Love. What an awesome hike in the winter. Met some great trail friends, but the trails during the winter are generally vacant. Skip the traffic and head up during the snow months. My favorite hike of all-time to date.

Friday, June 02, 2017

We were there on the 25th of May. unfortunately most of the trails are under snow and inaccessible but it is still worth it to go and see Crater Lake. Absolutely stunning! Have never seen water so blue! We just took a short walk on the cleared road past discovery point and there were a few good vistas. I would want to come back when the snow is gone and do more hikes around the lake!

snowshoeing
Thursday, February 02, 2017

Phenomenal views of the lake. We did this hike early in the morning right after some fresh powder so we had to work for it.

hiking
Friday, August 12, 2016

Great little hike for seeing the lake

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Breath taking views. Enough for getting the crater lake.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Nice hike.

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2016

The Discovery Point trail is a short hike through woods with many views of Crater Lake. It's a nice starting point for a day of hiking in the park and provides the opportunity for viewing Crater Lake and Wizard Island without the crowds found at the Rim Drive overlooks.

The trail has some fairly steep climbs for a trail rated as easy. In the summer, the trail can be dusty, and portions of the trail are exposed to summer sun.

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