Discovery Point Trail

Discovery Point Trail – Crater Lake National Park


Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 1.3 mi (2.1 km)

Elevation: 7093 – 7119* ft (2162 – 2170* m)

Trailhead coordinates:Latitude: N +42° 54.72 or 42.91205

Longitude: W -122° 08.80 or -122.14674

Altitude: 7119* ft (2170* m)

Highlight: views of Crater Lake from forested rim

  *West rim village  †Discovery Point

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Trail Description


Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels are a common site along the rim, Photo by Robert Mutch

This is an easy trail to follow as it meanders along the rim to the spot at which some would-be miners first came upon Crater Lake in 1853. It is one of the best family hikes for people of all ages.


The Discovery Point Trail leads northwestward from the Rim Village parking area. The trail begins at an elevation of 7,050 feet and gains no more than 100 feet along its route. From the trailhead it contours the rim of Crater Lake nearly one and a half miles. Most of the route parallels West Rim Drive.

Much of the rim is forested with Mountain hemlock and whitebark pine. There are several openings from which to view the lake, it’s rim, and Wizard Island. Be careful of the steep edges.

Building the Discovery Point Trail in Crater Lake NP, 1932
Building the Discovery Point Trail in Crater Lake NP, 1932

Trailhead location: West end of Rim Village, where the paved walk becomes a dirt path. There is no designated trailhead.

Nature Note: Gold prospector John Wesley Hillman first spotted Crater Lake from this point in 1853.

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.


Discovery Point Trail Elevation Profile



Related Maps

Digital USGS topographic maps (PDF files) – the following maps are relevant to the Discovery Point trail. See more Crater Lake Institute online USGS digital maps.


Series Name Year Scale Contour Interval File Size
USGS 7.5′ Crater Lake West 1985 1:24,000 40 ft usgs-crater-lake-west-7.5
USGS 30′ x 60′ Crater Lake 1989 1:100,000 50 m usgs-crater-lake-30-minute
USGS 30′ x 60′ Diamond Lake 1978 1:100,000 50 m usgs-diamond-lake-30-minute
USGS 1° x 2° Klamath Falls 1970 1:250,000 200 ft usgs-klamath-falls-1-2
USGS 1° x 2° Medford 1976 1:250,000 200 ft usgs-medford-1-2
USGS 1° x 2° Roseburg 1970 1:250,000 200 ft usgs-medford-1-2



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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