Lake National Park contains more than
90 miles of hiking trails. Many of these trails may easily be hiked in
a single day. This brochure lists some of the more popular options,
organized according to the estimated time necessary for completing the
hike. Note that the steep terrain around Crater Lake means that the time,
length, and difficulty of our trails are not directly related. Times given
are estimates of how long it will take to complete the trail and return to
Difficulty listings are broken into four
categories: easy, moderate, difficult, and strenuous. Trails listed as
strenuous should be taken only by people in good physical condition.
Summer Backcountry Use
With 100 miles of hiking trails, Crater Lake
backcountry offers many opportunities for solitude and exploration.
Preservation and enjoyment of the backcountry depends on your careful and
considerate use. Please observe all backcountry regulations, and try to
incorporate minimum impact suggestions into your trip.
While on your backcountry trip, why not set a
goal? Try to leave as little human impact on the environment as possible.
This will ensure everyone the opportunity for solitude and a quality
Each year, increasing numbers of
cyclists come to Crater Lake National Park to ride around the lake on
the 33-mile Rim Drive. The route is physically demanding. Steep hills at
high elevation may encourage even the most fit riders to pause at many of
the road's thirty overlooks and pullouts. The payoff, however, is
spectacular scenery, seen at a pace that few visitors choose to take
enough time for.
All waters within Crater Lake National Park are
open to fishing
unless otherwise indicated. No Fishing license is required within the
boundaries of Crater Lake National Park. The season is May 20 through Oct
31; however, see Lake Regulations below. Fishing is allowed in the park
from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. All waters are
restricted to use of artificial lures and flies only. No organic bait of
any kind can be used in Crater Lake National Park. This includes live or
dead fish, power bait, and fish eggs or roe.
SCUBA divers in Crater Lake National Park face
special challenges. For the dedicated diver, however, the lake also
offers a unique experience. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United
States, and one of the clearest fresh water lakes in the world.
Keep in mind that Crater Lake is accessible for
divers only from about June 15 through September 15 of each year due to
our extreme snow conditions. Earlier or later dives may be possible, but
cannot be guaranteed due to the variability of our weather.
Information on camping is available
Information on winter activities (including ski
trails, snowmobiling, and backcountry use) is available