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Crater Peak Trail - Crater Lake National Park

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Time: 3.5 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

Length: 2.68 mi (4.31 km)

Elevation: 6677* - 7211† ft (2035* - 2198† m)

Trailhead coordinates:

Latitude: N +42 52.57 or 42.87623

Longitude: W -122 06.30 or -122.10504

Altitude: 6677* ft (2035* m)

Highlight: forest, views, solitude; Forest, panoramic views of the southern part of the park (but no view of the lake), occasional wildlife

  *from East Rim Drive, not Vidae Falls picnic area  †Timber Crater summit

Trail Description

The first two miles are moderately strenuous as it moves down the Vidae Ridge with a dominant forest cover of Mountain hemlock and Shasta red fir.

In approximately 1.7 miles, a spur trails takes you to the last .6 of a mile in a steep winding way up to the summit of Crater Peak, a small shield volcano. You will pass through several intermittent stands of whitebark pine on the way to the summit. At the summit, there are no Crater Lake lake views, but beautiful views of the Klamath Basin to the southeast.

Trailhead Location: East Rim Drive, 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Park Headquarters at the Vidae Falls Picnic Area.

Nature Note: Upper Klamath Lake is the largest in Oregon, but its average depth is only 14 feet.

Seasonal Information: Expect the trail to be covered in snow from October to early July, however, conditions vary somewhat from year to year. See Crater Lake Current Conditions for more information.


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Crater Peak Trail Elevation Profile


Related Maps

Digital USGS topographic maps (PDF files) - the following maps are relevant to the Crater Peak 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 7.5' Maklaks Crater 1985 1:24,000 40 ft 4135 KB (4.04 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)



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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