6 Breathtaking Hikes in Crater Lake National Park


Crater Lake is the deepest and bluest lake in the US, formed by a volcanic eruption 7,700 years ago. It is surrounded by cliffs, forests, and peaks that offer incredible views and trails.

This is one of the most popular and rewarding hikes in the park. It climbs 1,000 feet to the summit of Garfield Peak, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the lake and beyond.

Garfield Peak Trail


Wizard Island, a cinder cone in the lake, requires a boat tour to access. Hike 2.5 miles round trip to reach the cone's summit.

Wizard Island Summit Trail


This is the only trail that leads to the shore of Crater Lake. It is a steep and challenging hike, but it rewards you with access to the water and the boat dock.

Cleetwood Cove Trail


This is the highest point in the park at 8,929 feet. The trail is 5 miles round trip and ascends through a forested slope to a fire lookout tower.

Mount Scott Trail


An easy, family-friendly 2-mile round trip hike to a snowmelt-fed waterfall. Enjoy a meadow adorned with seasonal wildflowers along the way.

Plaikni Falls Trail


This is a short and easy hike that showcases some of the park’s geological features. The trail follows a canyon filled with volcanic spires called pinnacles.

The Pinnacles Trail


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