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Hiking in Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake NP | Oregon
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5 REVIEWS
Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to go hiking in Crater Lake National Park

  • Trip Highlight

    Take in the stunning scenery surrounding the deepest lake in the US

  • Trip Highlight

    Plenty of trails to accommodate those that are new to hiking

  • Trip Highlight

    Discover Crater Lake National Park’s rich and diverse wildlife

Established around a 1950 feet/594 m deep lake of the same name, Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is truly a sight to behold. The area owes its dramatic landscapes to a volcanic eruption that occurred 7700 years ago, resulting in a crystal-clear deep-blue crater lake surrounded by massive 2000 ft/600m high cliffs and two picturesque islands at its center. The park’s 26 hiking trails ranging from 13 to 3,173 meters in elevation gain are the ideal way to experience Crater Lake’s vibrant nature up close. With nearly 75,000 acres of wilderness to explore and places such as Cleetwood Cove and Garfield Peak, you’ll never run out of things to see. Gather your friends, join a friendly guide, and head to Crater Lake for a tour to remember.

Season

June through October

Nearest city

Portland, OR, is 5 hours away from the trailhead

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to intermediate

Itineraries

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Private Hiking Tour of Crater Lake

Full-day

Uncover the secrets of the deepest lake in the US on a private guided hike in Crater Lake National Park. Explore Oregon’s vibrant nature, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy a quick dip in one of the world’s most pristine bodies of water! Your guide will make sure to tailor the hiking trip to your interests and abilities, as well as provide you with interesting info about Crater Lake’s magnificent flora and fauna. Take your friends by the hand and head for a fun-filled hiking adventure in Crater Lake!

Reviews

Reviews (5)

Wally T. about Good Trip Adventures on Facebook

Michelle was the perfect tour guide for our family. She was kind and patient with the members of our family ranging from 12 to 70. Michelle was very willing and attempted to please our many requests which she did with a smile. She even brought a cake for a surprise Birthday party. Michelle enthusiastically detailed the life of the park and many fascinating facts and fun spots to visit and hike. The hikes were age-appropriate in terms of accessibility yet fun with views and wildlife.
We were able to do and see all we did because of Michelle and her professionalism as a tour guide. She fit in like one of the family.

Maarten V. about Good Trip Adventures on Facebook

We loved our experience and our guides Megan and Alex were great! The hikes were beautiful and we managed to see a lot of wildlife. Our guides were very knowledgeable, sociable and flexible – we would definitely travel with them again. Thanks for a great adventure!

Tim M. about Good Trip Adventures on Tripadvisor

Kyle was our guide and did a great job. On-time to start the day and kept a good, but not fast, pace throughout the day. He was knowledgeable about the surrounding areas and overall kept things interesting.

Brittany C. about Good Trip Adventures on Tripadvisor

We loved our day in the park with Emma, our tour guide. She was so knowledgeable and kind and made our experience amazing. She had a delicious lunch for us and showed us all the hidden gems we would have never known about without her. It was definitely the way to go!

Erin G. about Good Trip Adventures on Tripadvisor

Well thought out and fun trips with Good Trip! I can’t recommend them enough. Good Trip Adventures will take your vacation to the next level!

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Crater Lake National Park

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Crater Lake National Park, OR, please refer to the National Park Service’s guidelines for Crater Lake NP and Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 updates.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • A local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A full day of hiking
    • Gourmet picnic lunch and refreshments
    • Park transportation for the duration of the tour

What’s not included:

    • Transportation to and from Crater Lake National Park
    • Accommodations
    • Park entry fees ($15 per pedestrian, $30 per private vehicle, visitors under 15 enter free of charge)

How fit do I need to be?

The best thing about hiking in Crater Lake is that there are incredible options for beginner to intermediate hikers. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this private adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 12:1.
    • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!

Hiking in Crater Lake National Park can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, most people fly into Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, Medford, OR, 1.5 hours away from the park. You can also take a train to Chemult, OR, and a cab or bus to Crater Lake.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the entrance to the park or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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