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Sun Notch Viewpoint - Crater Lake National Park

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Time: 25 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: .5 mi (.8 km)

Elevation: 7054 - 7136* ft (2150 - 2175* m)

Trailhead coordinates:

Latitude: N +42 54.00 or 42.90003

Longitude: W -122 05.72 or -122.09546

Altitude: 7054 ft (2150 m)

Highlight: views of Phantom Ship; Overlook of Crater Lake and Phantom Ship, scattered wildflowers, dry meadow

  *at rim

Trail Description

A large, very old whitebark pine from Sun Notch trail, facing west, Photo by Robert Mutch

This short uphill walk begins in a forest of Mountain Hemlock, then passes uphill through an open pumice meadow to the rim of Crater Lake. The trail then contours along the rim for a short distance, in both directions to the base of the ridge of Applegate Peak to the west and Dutton Cliff ridge to the east. This portion of the rim overlooks the Phantom Ship and provides great views of the Chaski Slide and Dutton Cliff.

The trailhead parking is located on the East Rim Drive between Vidae (west) and Dutton (east) Ridges. Take special care along this portion of the route as steep cliffs lie beneath the track.

Trailhead location: East Rim Drive, 4.4 miles (7.1 km) east of Park Headquarters

Nature Note: Sun Notch lies in an old glacial valley truncated by the collapse of Mt. Mazama.

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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Sun Notch Trail Elevation Profile


Related Maps

Digital USGS topographic maps (PDF files) - the following maps are relevant to the Sun Notch Viewpoint Springs 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)



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