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Cleetwood Cove Trail - Crater Lake National Park

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Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Strenuous

Length: 1.1 mi (1.77 km)

Elevation: 6175* - 6831 ft (1882* - 2082 m)

Trailhead coordinates:

Latitude: N +42 58.78 or 42.934217

Longitude: W -122 04.99 or -122.08320

Altitude: 6831 ft (2082 m)

Highlight: swimming, fishing, boat tours; Access to lake shore and boat landing

  *boat landing

Trail Description

Cleetwood Cove boat landing, Photo by Robert Mutch


How Deep is Crater Lake...Really? by Owen F. Hoffman

Crater Lake Clarity: It doesn't get any better than this, by Scott F. Girdner

Wind Currants in Crater Lake as Revealed by the Old Man of the Lake, Nature Notes From Crater Lake, 1938

Crater Lake...Unique?, Nature Notes From Crater Lake, 1993

The only legal access to the shore of Crater Lake, this is a strenuous and steep switchback trail with a steep grade (11%). The trail descends to a rocky shoreline at Cleetwood Cove where concessionaire tour boats (concessionaire tour boat web page) will take you around the lake or drop you off at Wizard Island (Wizard Island Summit trail). The trail is recommended only for those in good physical condition. It should not be attempted by anyone with heart, breathing, or walking problems. It is not accessible for people with mobility impairments. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes and carry water. Vault toilets are located at the top and bottom of the trail.

The trail leading to Cleetwood Cove begins along East Rim Drive approximately four and a half miles east of North Junction. The route begins on the right side of Rim Drive at an elevation 6,850 feet.

Trailhead location: North side of the lake, 11 miles (17.6 km) from Rim Village if traveling clockwise on Rim Drive. Parking area 4.5 miles east of North Junction

Seasonal Information: Expect the trail to be covered in snow from October to July, however, conditions vary somewhat from year to year. See Crater Lake Current Conditions for more information. The "volcano boat cruising" season typically begins late June/early July and ends late September/early October. See Xanterra (concessionaire) volcano boat cruise information.

Nature Note: Below 200 feet (61 meters), the water in Crater Lake stays 38 degrees F (3 degrees Celsius) year-round.

Historical Note: the Cleetwood Cove Trail first opened during the summer of 1960.


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Cleetwood Cove Trail Elevation Profile


Related Maps

Digital USGS topographic maps (PDF files) - the following maps are relevant to the Cleetwood Cove trail. See more Crater Lake Institute online USGS digital maps.

Series Name Year Scale Contour Interval File Size
USGS 7.5' Crater Lake East 1985 1:24,000 40 ft 5559 KB (5.43 mb)
USGS 30' x 60' Crater Lake 1989 1:100,000 50 m 11359 KB (11.1 mb)
USGS 30' x 60' Diamond Lake 1978 1:100,000 50 m 11606 KB (11.33 mb)
USGS 1 x 2 Klamath Falls 1970 1:250,000 200 ft 8463 KB (8.27 mb)
USGS 1 x 2 Medford 1976 1:250,000 200 ft 9630 KB (9.4 mb)
USGS 1 x 2 Roseburg 1970 1:250,000 200 ft 10053 KB (9.82 mb)


Cleetwood Cove boat landing, looking south towards Sun Notch, Photo by Robert Mutch


Rustic bench at the Cleetwood Cove boat landing, looking southwest towards Wizard Island, Watchman Peak, and Hillman Peak, Photo by Robert Mutch


Please remember to practice "leave no trace outdoor ethics" when you are out on Crater Lake National Park's trails...and have fun!




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