Backpack to Crater Lake, Sierra National Forest

Backpack to Crater Lake, Sierra National Forest

Rate this Adventure Florence Lake Campground

Distance

8.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

2100 Feet

Activities

Camping, Fishing, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Emily Rudger

Forest
Lake
Scenic
Swimming Hole

This strenuous 4 mile hike pays off with breath taking views of an isolated lake and the distant mountain ranges of John Muir Wilderness. 

Starting at Lake Florence, this hike starts out with a climb up and keeps this up over the next 3 miles. After about 3 miles of climbing you reach another lake, Dutch Lake which provides shade and a nice place to rest. From there it's a relatively flat 1.2 miles in to your destination. Once at Crater Lake, you can set up camp by the water (somewhere more sheltered from the wind), or up on the granite to the left of the lake, where you get the best views of the mountains and lake, but more of a chill from the wind. Bring a hammock, some buds, and an appetite for adventure. 

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Distance

8.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

2100 Feet

Activities

Camping, Fishing, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Emily Rudger

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