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

Beautiful views. Ascent is rapid but the trail is short.

Breathtaking views!! Pretty strenuous if unused to the altitude.

Great view of the lake and wildlife

hiking
17 days ago

The view from the top is excellent

Hiked this trail in June 2017. Beautiful views. Bees were annoying.

Beautiful views throughout with presence of great amount of shade.

Beautiful views throughout with presence of great amount of shade.

simply spectacular. we totally scored with the weather. we were here last year same time and smoke from wildfires made visibility = zero, yesterday visibility was infinity. this is a must see must do hike.

Lots of switches on a wide, well-maintained path. This place becomes pretty popular on the hotter days, but the parking area is sizable.

Lounge on the rocks, freeze yourself in the water.

Very enjoyable hike! The parking lot is relatively small, some street parking nearby.

The trail curves towards the back of the mountain surrounded by large pines and firs. The elevation is slow and steady, trail is very well maintained.

The view away from the lake is just as impressive as the lake itself - old growth forests as far as the eye can see!

hiking
28 days ago

Short hike on a well graded trail - well worth it - especially at sunset! 19 Sep 2018

Great, well defined trail. Spectacular views of Crater Lake. It was challenging due to the elevation but there were plenty of view points to stop and rest. We did this in September and the weather was clear and cool. Highly recommend this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely STUNNING views of Crater Lake and the surrounding mountains. Moderately challenging and the payoff is well worth it.

Everything about Crater Lake gets five stars in my book. Pretty strenuous coming back up, but it’s only a mile. Beautiful day, no smoke.

Amazing views of the lake all the way up.

hiking
1 month ago

The perfect hike. So many beautiful views and the trail was fun. We went in mid September and the weather was amazing. It took us about 2 hours, which included lots of stops for photos and taking in the scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a very popular trail. And for good reason.

hiking
1 month ago

Five stars because it was the only place Brook could swim in Crater Lake......and she and the people waiting for the ferry enjoyed it. Nice steep hill with gorgeous views of the lake.. My phone app told me at one point it was a 25% grade. It's a bummer they haven't made a better access point for the ferry. It prevents many people from enjoying all of the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Last hike of the day. Took some very good pics that would have been great if I'd been there 20 minutes earlier. Very easy walk...

You just have to see it. Words and pictures don’t really do it justice.

hiking
1 month ago

Not crowded at all when we were there. Very easy "hike" to get to the rim and view the lake and Phantom Ship. As stated before, pretty dusty on the trail. Accessible to all ages.

I would rate as moderate, just because of the elevation change near the top. Great views all around today. The smoke from nearby fires wasn't too bad today. Beautiful area.

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult for me; easy for my 25 year old son who is much fitter than I. Great view at the top but lots of bees.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy peasy if you're an active hiker. I hiked with wife and kids and there were no complaints of strain on this loop. There is a bit of an uphill but it'll make the outstanding view of the lake and Phantom Ship all the worthwhile for casual strollers - and this will be more like a stroll then a hike. The trail was dusty so were appropriate shoes (opened toed shoe wearers be aware). Also, when you approach the first viewpoint on a busy day there will be jocking for photo position. Note that there are multiple viewpoints so just move along to the next one if first is crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

hiked this before dawn and caught sunrise at the top which was cool to see but it was a bit smoky and couldn't see all of the lake or crater clearly.

hiking
1 month ago

***The smoke today (8.6.18) was terrible!! You could not see the lake from the road and ash was covering our car. Please check the webcam before you drive out here. My son broke out in hives from the smoke while hiking. None the less it was a steep hike with a beautiful swim! Lots of elevation.

great view. you can see the whole Cascades and Siskyous (if it wasn't for the smoke from the California fires) The National Park Service rates it as moderate to strenuous. possibly because of the elevation (8,013 ft) Even so, I had less problems with the thin air than I did 40+ years ago at the same elevation on Mt. Fuji. (Who says youth can handle it better than oldsters?)

hiking
1 month ago

Phantom Ship view that’s worth the easy switch back trail to the ridge. I’d rate this as easy not moderate. The cliffs off to the east as you near the top are stunning, especially in the afternoon light.

1069ft elev in 3.5miles.. Hike is worth.. and the view from top is amazing..

hiking
1 month ago

A must do trail to feel the purest form of water in America's deepest lake.

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