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Cleetwood Cove Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (37) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A well-shaded trail that provides the only means of accessing the cool waters of Crater Lake.


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2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Out and Back

6,817' 2,078 m

High

6,200' 1,890 m

Low

619' 189 m

Up

619' 189 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

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Features Lake · Swimming · Views

Family Friendly Depending on the hardiness of your kids (or yourself if you have to carry them back out) the trail is not that bad. Swimming in the lake is great, especially out at Wizard Island.

Overview

Enjoy this short descent leading to one of the only places to access the water's edge. This well-maintained trail is likely to be popular with all manner of visitors, especially during warmer months. While you won't find solitude on this route, you'll be treated to spectacular views of the lake, and an up close view of the volcanic rock that makes up the caldera.

Description

The trailhead is located along East Rim Drive. A large parking lot sits directly across from the trailhead. If the parking lot is full, people often park their vehicles along the road near the trailhead.

This is the only trail that provides access to Crater Lake itself. As such, the trail is often crowded with visitors seeking to take a dip in the cool waters of the lake. The trail works its way down the wall of the caldera through a series of switchbacks till it ends at the rocky shoreline of Crater Lake. The trail itself is wide and well-maintained. Several locations along the trail contain benches for those needing a more restful break during the climb back out.

If you are going to swim in the lake, take some shoes or sandals that can get wet. The shoreline, as well as the ground beyond the shoreline and into the lake, is littered with sharp volcanic rock.

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  4.5 from 37 votes

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  4.5 from 37 votes
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Crater Lake
Oct 21, 2015 near Crater…, OR
Awesome swimming hole at the base of Cleetwood Trail.
Oct 21, 2015 near Crater…, OR
Cleetwood Cove Trail
Oct 21, 2015 near Crater…, OR
Gorgeous blue Crater Lake.
Oct 21, 2015 near Crater…, OR
Cleetwood Cove Trail.
Oct 21, 2015 near Crater…, OR
Swimmers enjoy the beautiful clear water of Cleetwood Cove.
Mar 3, 2016 near Crater…, OR

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Aug 27, 2020
Casey Chu
Aug 20, 2020
Nicole Romola
Aug 19, 2020
Garrett Bryant
Aug 18, 2020
Luke Goodfellow
Good swimming and cliff jumping 2.1mi
Aug 10, 2020
Tingwei Chiang
Aug 7, 2020
Kim T
Aug 1, 2020
Bruce Miao
On redwood and crater lake 2.2mi
Jul 30, 2020
j haus
hiked to the lake