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Crater Lake is nestled in a beautiful mountain cirque surrounded by jagged peaks. Crater Lake and Mirror Lake both offer jaw-dropping views of rugged peaks, especially Lone Eagle Peak which is known for its dramatic, pointy summit. This is one of the most iconic views in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Overnight Trip: Crater Lake can be accessed via Monarch Lake on the west side of the Indian Peaks Wilderness or from the east side via Brainard Lake and Pawnee Pass. Most people visit Crater Lake on a backpacking trip, but you could also access as a long day hike.

Gem Type: Lake

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Sarah Baker

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Jun 29, 2021
Drew Peters
Jul 31, 2020
Cynthia B.
Jul 28, 2020
Shamip Rai
Sep 21, 2019
Joshua Kleitsch
Beautiful hike and a generally well-maintained trail. Very heavy traffic over the weekend.
Aug 16, 2019
Dennis Roy
Jul 12, 2019
Jason Test 2
Sep 4, 2018
Sandy Oaks
Aug 11, 2018
Mike Langenkamp

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