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The Best Backpacking in Crater Lake

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Top backpacking spots in and near Crater Lake

  • Klamath County, Oregon

    The Rim at Crater Lake NP

    4.3
    30.99 mi / 4124 ft gain
    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 solitude and beautiful scenery, nothing less. The 360 ...
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  • Klamath County, Oregon

    Pacific Crest Trail and Alternate Loop

    31.42 mi / 3940 ft gain
    Pacific Crest Trail and Alternate Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Crater Lake, Oregon.
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  • Klamath Falls, Oregon

    Stuart Falls Trail

    11.69 mi / 1427 ft gain
    Stuart Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Crater Lake, Oregon.
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  • Crescent, Oregon

    PCT: OR Section D - Highway 138 to Highway 58 (Willamette Pass)

    58.8 mi / 7687 ft gain
    PCT: OR Section D - Highway 138 to Highway 58 (Willamette Pass) is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Crater Lake, Oregon.
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  • Douglas County, Oregon

    Hike Mt. Bailey and Camp at Hemlock Butte Cabin

    9.8 mi / 3130 ft gain
    The trail starts at 5200 feet and climbs through the forest for 1.6 miles to an opening with a great view off diamond lake and the beautiful and very recognizable Mt. Thielsen. There are several small outcropping here that make a perfect spot to stop and get out the backpacking stove for some mou...
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  • Crescent, Oregon

    Base of Mt. Thielsen via Mt. Thielsen Trail

    4.7
    7.26 mi / 1926 ft gain
    The Trail begins at Mt. Thielsen Trailhead/Sno Park and takes you up through a vast forest of pines. As you ascend, Diamond Lake will slowly start to peak through. Continue straight at mile marker 1.6 and keep an eye out for Mt. Thielsen ahead. Just before entering Mount Thielsen Wilderness aroun...
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  • Klamath Falls, Oregon

    Rogue Wolf Loop

    26.4 mi / 4229 ft gain
    Rogue Wolf Loop is a is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Butte Falls, Oregon.
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  • Douglas County, Oregon

    Buckeye Lake Trail

    3.91 mi / 932 ft gain
    Buckeye Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Tiller, Oregon.
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  • Douglas County, Oregon

    Fish Lake, Cliff Lake, Buckeye Lake Loop

    12.5 mi / 2697 ft gain
    Fish Lake, Cliff Lake, Buckeye Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Tiller, Oregon.
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  • Klamath Falls, Oregon

    Trapper Lake via Cherry Creek Trail

    11.11 mi / 1558 ft gain
    Trapper Lake via Cherry Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Fort Klamath, Oregon.
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  • Douglas County, Oregon

    Maidu Lake Trail

    19.23 mi / 2552 ft gain
    Maidu Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Idleyld Park, Oregon.
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  • Douglas County, Oregon

    North Umpqua to Mount Thielsen Trail

    11.01 mi / 1631 ft gain
    North Umpqua to Mount Thielsen Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Crater Lake, Oregon.
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  • Jackson County, Oregon

    Backpack to Devil's Peak and the Seven Lakes Basin

    3.0
    13.7 mi / 3050 ft gain
    Starting at at elevation of 5250 feet, the trail climbs steadily from the trailhead for approximately 3.3 miles to pass at 6900 feet. From here you will come to a junction where going right will lead to Devils Peak and the PCT and going left (straight) will take down into the basin. If you starte...
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  • Crescent, Oregon

    Cowhorn Mountain

    8.45 mi / 1978 ft gain
    Cowhorn Mountain is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Crescent, Oregon.
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  • Butte Falls, Oregon

    Twin Ponds Trail to Summit Lake

    5.54 mi / 899 ft gain
    Twin Ponds Trail to Summit Lake is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Butte Falls, Oregon.
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  • Crescent, Oregon

    Windy Lakes Trail

    10.01 mi / 1056 ft gain
    Windy Lakes Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Crescent, Oregon.
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