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Crater Lake Area

Wizard IslandWizard Island




  • 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




  • 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




  • 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




  • 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




  • 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




  • 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




  • 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




  • 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.