Best Backpacking in Crater Lake

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  • 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

  • Hike Mt. Bailey and Camp at Hemlock Butte Cabin

    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 s...

    9.8 miles 3130 ft gain

  • Backpack to the Base of Mt. Thielsen

    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. Ju...

    7.4 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Backpack to Devil's Peak and the Seven Lakes Basin

    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 (stra...

    13.7 miles 3050 ft gain

  • Summit Diamond Peak

    At 8,743 feet, Diamond Peak is almost as tall as the other iconic volcanoes of the Oregon Cascades, but sees just a fraction of the people. Outside the range of casual Portland day hikes and hard to see from the highway and from other peaks, Diamo...

    9 miles 3600 ft gain

  • Hiking and Fishing at Odell Lake

    This spot in central Oregon is a beautiful, natural lake where you can combine a nice hike with an afternoon of fishing. There are opportunities for multiple hikes surrounding the lake that are moderately challenging hikes and also remain scenic t...

    10 miles 65 ft gain

  • Winter Backpack to Diamond View Lake

    Diamond View Lake is relatively unknown compared to many of the other lakes in the Oregon Cascades, yet the views it delivers of Diamond Peak are top-notch. While it can also be done as a summer backpack, winter brings out the best aspects of the...

    9.8 miles 1000 ft gain