Top Adventures in Crater Lake

  • Take a Boat Tour of Crater Lake & Hike to the Top of Wizard Island

    Wizard Island is located in the middle of Crater Lake National Park. In order to get out to there you have to book a tour through the commercial concierge. Tickets were fairly pricey, but included a full boat tour of Crater Lake, plus 3 hours on t...

  • Snowshoe the Rim at Crater Lake NP

    Why Go? Avoid the crowds in summer and have the entire 33 mile long rim and 21 square miles of beautiful Crater Lake to yourself. Sunrises and sunsets that will take your breath away; stars and a milky way you can get lost in for days. Expect soli...

    33 miles

  • Explore Crater Lake

    Crater is a short 20min drive up Highway 62 off of the 97. We were chasing sunset and caught the last glimmers of twilight. Just driving around the west rim is amazing. Pictures did absolutely no justice to this place, you have to see it with your...

  • Watch the Sunrise at Crater Lake

    Drive to the overlook at Crater Lake well before sunrise. Actually, you should probably just sleep in your car for a bit to make sure you're not late for this incredible sight. Witness the changing colors and light as the sun creeps over the east ...

  • Bike around Crater Lake

    I forgot how large Crater Lake was. Wikipedia said it was only 6 miles in diameter, multiply X 3.14 or C = πd and boom its only 18.84 miles around, that's cake, or pie. Imaging a NASCAR track with a pond in the middle.WRONG, hindsight being 20/20,...

  • Snowshoe or XC Ski to Watchman Overlook

    Starting at the Rim Village parking area, this snowshoe/cross-country ski trip (whichever you choose) heads out on snow-covered West Rim Drive, bound for the saddle between Hillman Peak and The Watchman, overlooking Wizard Island. The path is not ...

    8 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike the Garfield Peak Trail

    Crater Lake is one of the most visited natural wonders in the U.S. Anyone who has gone will tell you, it strikes a magic chord. Where there was once the volcanic Mount Mazama, now sits the deepest lake in the States. It's brilliant blue color and ...

    3.5 miles 1010 ft gain

  • Visit the Lady of the Woods at Crater Lake

    Start your adventure behind the Steel Visitor Center, halfway between the Mazama Village entrance of Crater Lake National Park and the lake itself. It won't take long before you stumble upon the mystery that is the Lady of the Woods: a dazzling, i...

    0.3 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike to Plaikni Falls

    Starting on the Crater Lake East Rim Drive near the Phantom Ship Overlook, take the Pinnacles Road 1.2 miles until you see the Plaikni Falls trailhead on your left.The Plaikni Falls trail is an easy 2.0 mile roundtrip hike through an old-growth fo...

  • Hike Mount Scott

    The summit of Mount Scott is supposedly the only place where you can fit all of Crater Lake in one camera view! It's the tenth highest peak in the Oregon Cascades, but with it's well-maintained trails and gradual inclines, the hike can be great fo...

    5 miles 1250 ft gain

  • Hike Union Peak

    The trailhead is located across Highway 62, on the opposite side of the highway from the Crater Lake National Park entrance at Mazama Village. Look for a road sign indicating parking for the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).Start on the PCT: Highway 140 ...

    11 miles 1600 ft gain

  • Hike through Pinnacles Valley at Crater Lake NP

    These needle-like formations of rock, called fossil fumaroles, projecting from the Sand Creek Canyon floor, were formed under sheets of volcanic pumice that preceded Mazama's collapse. As the surface of the hot pumice cooled over the years, steam ...

    1 miles -100 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Klamath County, Oregon

      Crater Lake Lodge

      Cozy hospitality with a great view At Crater Lake Lodge, parking is free, and the lodge staff can provide assistance with your luggage. After a day of hiking, swimming, fishing, or touring the lake...

      From $229/night

    • CRATER LAKE, Oregon

      Mazama Campground

      Camping Crater Lake StyleEach of the 214 sites features a picnic table, a fire ring with a grill, and a bear-resistant food locker. Additional campsites at Lost Creek Campground are available and o...

      From $21/night

    • , Oregon

      The Cabins at Mazama Village

      Cozy Crater Lake CabinsAt the Cabins at Mazama Village, each room features one or two queen beds and a private bath with a shower. The cabins offer the serenity of rooms free of phones and TVs. Air...

      From $189/night

    • Douglas County, Oregon

      Steamboat Ball Field Group Site

      Overview Steamboat Ball Field Group Site sits near the banks of the North Umpqua River under a canopy of forest. With access to a multitude of recreational opportunities, including a ball field...

    • Crescent, Oregon

      Broken Arrow Campground

      Overview Set back in lodgepole pine forest at the south end of Diamond Lake, Broken Arrow Campground is a quiet retreat for family and large group camping excursions in Umpqua National Forest. Th...

    • Crescent, Oregon

      South Shore Pavilion

      Overview South Shore Pavilion is located on Diamond Lake in the Umpqua National Forest, 85 miles east of Roseburg. The pavilion sits back from the shore in a towering lodgepole pine forest at an el...

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