Explore the most popular views 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.

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!

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!

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5 days 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.

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7 days 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.

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7 days ago

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

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8 days 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.

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8 days 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...

Not much to this one but had it on my trail list for the day. Likely the worst of the many trails I did over two days.

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

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12 days 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.

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13 days 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.

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15 days 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.

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15 days 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.

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16 days 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?)

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17 days 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..

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19 days ago

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

hiking
19 days ago

Must do trail

hiking
19 days ago

We did this hike around 9:00am on Labor Day. The parking lot was half full, but the trail itself was pretty quiet. Those cars might have been for the 8:30 am ferry to Wizard Island. We only saw two couples on the trail as we headed down, but many more on the way back up. We made it down the well-designed and maintained trail in 20 minutes. Coming back up was more of a challenge, so we took advantage of the benches near the top of the trail - all of them had great views of the lake.

Well made trail, good footing all the way. Very busy on Labor Day weekend. Bathrooms at both ends of the trail. Stunning lake to swim in.

Challenging but worth the views

Very easy and short hike up for some nice views of the lake. Can get crowded so go earlier in the day.

Different perspective of the lake and awesome to be so close to the water. Was very smoky so couldn't see anything on other side of the lake. Pretty steep going back up and after the day on wizard island my kids were pooped.

nice, easy little warm up

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