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Discovery Point Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.6 (17)

An easy trail with spectacular views of Crater Lake along the rim.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Point to Point

7,171' 2,186 m

High

7,050' 2,149 m

Low

152' 46 m

Up

176' 54 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Features Lake · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail is easily accessible, fairly flat, and offers some great views of Crater Lake.

Expect the trail to be covered in snow from around October to early July.

Description

The trailhead is located at the west end of Rim Village. Keep an eye open for the section where the paved walk becomes a dirt path as there is no designated trailhead. From here, the trail heads northwest from the Rim Village parking area toward Discovery Point, where gold prospector John Wesley Hillman first spotted Crater Lake in 1853.

You'll enjoy spectacular views of the lake while hiking along this easy trail. The trail gains less than 100 ft in elevation along its way. The trail parallels West Rim Drive and hugs the forested rim of Crater Lake. Much of the rim is forested with hemlock and pine. Be cautious around the steep edges of the rim, and keep an eye open for the breaks in the trees where you may catch glimpses of the lake, its rim, and Wizard Island.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain hemlock and whitebark pine. Golden-mantled ground squirrels are frequently spotted along this trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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  4.6 from 17 votes

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Photos

Wizard Island through the trees.
Oct 23, 2020 near Crater…, OR
Wizard Island from just outside Rim Village
Oct 23, 2020 near Crater…, OR
Discovery Point, Crater Lake National Park.
Feb 25, 2016 near Crater…, OR
Early snow at Crater Lake.
Feb 25, 2016 near Crater…, OR
View of Crater Lake from Discovery Point Trail.
Feb 25, 2016 near Crater…, OR

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Sep 1, 2020
Kristy Engel
The trail is mostly flat (except at the opposite end from Rim Village where you climb up and around rocky terrain). Great views of Crater Lake. 2.5mi — 1h 00m
Sep 1, 2020
Jessica Jang
9-1-2020
Aug 7, 2020
Kim T
Jul 16, 2020
Bruce Hope
Jul 9, 2020
Kelly Champion-Smith
Jul 2, 2020
Diana M
2mi
Jul 2, 2020
Ryan W
Aug 26, 2019
Richard Bruno