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Hiking in Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is a federally protected area and a very special place; enjoying the National Park hiking here is an amazing experience. There are over 90 miles of trails here, including 33 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Visitors can also make the trek up Mount Scott, Garfield Peak, and Crater Peak. It is possible to hike to the lake surface on the Cleetwood Trail, the only safe and legal access to the lake's shore. Because conditions within Crater Lake’s caldera are so dangerous hiking or climbing inside the caldera on any other route is strictly prohibited.

Hikers around Crater Lake should be prepared for sudden and extreme changes in the weather, carry extra food and water, pack-out human waste and always stay on trails. Pets, bicycles and motor vehicles are not allowed on any of hiking in Crater Lake National Park’s trails. A permit is required for all overnight trips.