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This trail is the only one in Crater Lake National Park on which you can legally reach the lake... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
Short but challenging hike to the Lake

This trail is the only one that takes you from the Rim to the shore of Crater Lake. It is only a... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2018
Arlington, Virginia
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Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

This trail is the only one in Crater Lake National Park on which you can legally reach the lake. At the bottom you can swim, fish, and take a tour of the several locations on and around the lake (these excursions need to be reserved...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

This trail is the only one that takes you from the Rim to the shore of Crater Lake. It is only a mile, but the descent is 700 feet. It's psychologically challenging because you know you'll have to climb back up as you are almost...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We were surprised how the views of the lake change as you head down. It’s a fun hike. And the water at the shore is so clear. You will be amazed. The hike is steep, 700 feet of elevation gain. But take your time if...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank the72fish
Reviewed 9 September 2018

You can meander down and refresh yourself with a dip in the lake or rush it and jump off the cliff. Go at your own pace and stay at the bottom as long as you like. There are plenty of benches to take a break...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank D D
Reviewed 8 September 2018

I had heard the trip down the trail would take an hour and the trip up 10 hours! The trail is wide and easily navigated. We walked down in a half an hour and after our spectacular boat trip, 45 minutes back up. Some of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Be prepared for an arduous hike back up, but Cleetwood is not to be missed! There are swimming spots as well as a rock for diving off of - Absolute Total Fun! Cleetwood is also the place to catch a tour boat of the lake...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank kendra m
Reviewed 7 September 2018

I know that people need to be warned that it's not an easy hike, but the trail isn't nearly as bad as you'll be led to believe. The tread of the trail is easily maneuvered as it is hard packed dust/dirt and wide. It is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank C-02
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Getting down to the boats for the Crater Lake cruises is easy and the trail is well marked and in good shape. Getting back up is rather steep but doable if you are used to hiking and in pretty good shape. Allow time to rest...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

This is a great way to see the lake from another viewpoint. We had no problem getting tickets that went on sale 24 hours before the ride. Buy tickets at the kiosks in the gift shop. The hike is not easy! Wear the appropriate shoes....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank karencN3549PQ
Reviewed 2 September 2018

I had booked an early morning boat tour for me and my family but after reading the reviews of the hike down and up, I was reconsidering. ( reviewers were saying it took hours to walk back up) I am happy that I didn't change...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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30 August 2018|
Response from sehaare | Reviewed this property |
I wore Hiking boots but I saw people wearing everything including flip flops. I'm 56 years old and weigh 270 lbs so I can use the extra support, thus the hiking boots (which were probably overkill). Most of the trail is... More
1 July 2018|
Response from magicraider | Reviewed this property |
Hi! You will need to drive there. You can park on the street or in the lot across the street from the trailhead.
31 December 2017|
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Response from DannyD1548 | Reviewed this property |
Drive - you will need it on your way back once you walk up the trail to head back up !!