The Best Photography in Crater Lake

Looking for the best photography in Crater Lake? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Crater Lake. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top photography spots in and near Crater Lake

  • CRATER LAKE, Oregon

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

    4.0
    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 the island itself. Half the tour is before you reac...
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  • CRATER LAKE, Oregon

    Snowshoe the Rim at Crater Lake NP

    4.3
    33 mi
    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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  • CRATER LAKE, Oregon

    Explore Crater Lake

    4.9
    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 own eyes...it's MASSIVE!!! Every small pull-off/p...
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  • CRATER LAKE, Oregon

    Watch the Sunrise at Crater Lake

    4.8
    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 side of the lake, throwing shadows and reflections...
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  • CRATER LAKE, Oregon

    Snowshoe or XC Ski to Watchman Overlook

    5.0
    8 mi / 500 ft gain
    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 terribly steep (this is, after all, a drivable roa...
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  • CRATER LAKE, Oregon

    Hike the Garfield Peak Trail

    5.0
    3.5 mi / 1010 ft gain
    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 incredible depth of clarity leaves visitors from a...
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  • CRATER LAKE, Oregon

    Visit the Lady of the Woods at Crater Lake

    0.3 mi / 100 ft gain
    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, intricate sculpted rock that experts are unsure whe...
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  • Klamath County, Oregon

    Hike through Pinnacles Valley at Crater Lake NP

    3.0
    1 mi / -100 ft gain
    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 and gases were released by the hot rocks underneat...
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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

    Summit Mt. Thielsen

    2.8
    10 mi / 3800 ft gain
    It may look quite intimidating from the base and surrounding areas but this hike/climb to the summit is quite straightforward and the standard route is non-technical. That being said, there are areas with some significant exposure with 2200 foot drops on its north and east faces that will definit...
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  • Crescent, Oregon

    Backpack to the Base of Mt. Thielsen

    4.7
    7.4 mi / 2000 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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  • Prospect, Oregon

    Explore the Rogue River Gorge

    This 500 ft. long gorge carved out of an old lava tube sits right along highway 62 near Crater Lake. The original road that brought travelers to the National Park passed right next to the gorge but it now remains hidden from view of the current highway. The area isn't large but has a nice parking...
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  • Douglas County, Oregon

    Hike to Clearwater Falls

    4.2
    0.5 mi
    This has to be one of the most overlooked waterfalls in Oregon. It doesn't get a lot of publicity, and it's tucked away in south-central Oregon. As such, many people don't pay it much attention. That's too bad.Clearwater Falls can be found just off Highway 138, near mile marker 69. Clearwater Fal...
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  • Prospect, Oregon

    Explore Pearsony Falls

    0.5 mi
    Pearsony falls, located in the Oregon State Park known as Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint, is about 15 feet tall and cascades picturesquely in two sections underneath a green canopy and between mossy rocks. The falls flow year round, though water levels vary with the season. A trip to Pearsony Fa...
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  • Idleyld Park, Oregon

    Explore Whitehorse Falls

    3.0
    In June of 2015, I visited as many remote waterfall locations in Oregon as I could find. Whitehorse Falls, located along the Clearwater River in Douglas County, was one of those on my list. It's a small waterfall that is just off highway 138 (about 4.5 miles east of Toketee Falls) in Central Oreg...
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  • Prospect, Oregon

    Hike to Mill Creek & Barr Creek Falls

    5.0
    0.5 mi / 50 ft gain
    Mill Creek Falls is a lesser-known gem in Southern Oregon. At 173 ft it is one of the tallest in the area, and Barr Creek Falls, plunging 240 ft, is less than a quarter mile further down the trail. The viewpoints can be accessed year-round though flows often fluctuate and spring/winter may best f...
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