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Crater Lake Area

Wizard IslandWizard Island

hike

 

 

  • Easy to Cleetwood Cove; moderate to Wizard Island summit
  • 2.2 mile round-trip to Cleetwood Cove; 4 and half mile round-trip to the summit
  • 700 feet elevation loss to Cleetwood Cove; 1500 feet elevation gain to the summit
  • Open July through September

The trail down to Cleetwood Cove's boat dock is popular with tourists and is the only route down to the lake shore. After a 45-minute boat ride to Wizard Island, you can make the climb to the summit's crater and explore the inside of a collapsed volcano.

 

Discovery PointDiscovery Point

hike

 

 

  • Easy to Discovery Point; difficult to hike to Lightning Spring
  • 2.2 mile round-trip to Discovery Point; 13 mile loop to make it to Lightning Spring
  • Minimal elevation gain to Discovery Point; 1900 feet elevation gain to Lightning Spring
  • Open July through October

Beautiful scenery abounds on the easy hike to Discovery Point. For the longer journey around Lightning Spring, plan on a overnight backpacking trip.

 

Park HeadquartersCrater Lake Park Headquarters

hike

 

 

  • Easy
  • half-mile Lady of the Woods Loop; 1.2 mile loop to Castle Crest
  • No elevation gain
  • Open mid-June through November

At the Crater Lake Visitor Center take the Lady of the Woods Loop to see a dozen historic stone buildings and continue on to admire the beautiful wildflowers and natural springs of Castle Crest.

 

Union PeakUnion Peak Hiking Trail

hike

 

 

  • Difficult
  • 11 mile round trip
  • 1600 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-July through October

This is a fairly dull trek visually on the way to the top, but offers a nice panorama of surrounding peaks once you get there.

 

Crater PeakCrater Peak

hike

 

 

  • Easy to Sun Notch; moderate to Crater PeakHalf-mile loop to Sun Notch; 7 mile round-trip to Crater Peak
  • 100 feet elevation gain to Sun Notch; 1000 feet gain to Crater Peak
  • Open July to November

The easy hike to Sun Notch gives you a fantastic view of the lake and Phantom Ship Island. The longer hike to Crater Peak takes you past white-bark pines to a great view of the Klamath Basin.

 

Garfield PeakGarfield Peak

hike

 

 

  • Moderate
  • 3.5 mile round-trip
  • 1000 feet elevation gain
  • Open July through October

Beautiful hike from Crater Lake Lodge follows the lake's rim giving absolutely awesome scenic views on the way to Garfield Peak.

 

Annie Creek CanyonAnnie Creek Canyon

hike

 

 

  • Easy
  • 2-mile loop through Annie Creek Canyon
  • 200 feet elevation gain
  • Open June through November

Popular short hike through mountain hemlock, lodgepole pine and Shasta red fir to get to the Annie Creek Pinnacles geological formations.

 

Godfrey Glen TrailGodfrey Glen Trail

hike

 

 

  • Easy
  • 1-mile loop
  • No elevation gain
  • Open June through November
  • Easy hike through old-growth forests of mountain hemlock and Shasta red fir along Munson Creek.