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blue Mount Scott Trail

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Trail

4.5 mile 7.2 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,236' 377 m
Descent: -1,236' -377 m
High: 8,905' 2,714 m
Low: 7,683' 2,342 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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A moderate trail to the highest point in Crater Lake NP and expansive views of Crater Lake.

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Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This is a great out and back to Crater Lake NP's highest point, Mt. Scott. The summit of Mount Scott affords views of the entire lake and surrounding scenic landscape.

Description

The trailhead is located along East Rim Drive near the turnoff for Cloudcap Overlook. A small parking area on the southeast side of the road accommodates several vehicles. The trail is located at the southern end of this parking area and is well marked by several signs.

Initially, the trail is flat as it passes through a meadow to the bottom of the southern side of Mount Scott. Upon reaching the southern side, the trail begins to ascend slowly as it continues along its eastward trek through forest and rock. Eventually, the trail makes a more steep ascent before reaching a ridgeline and immediately turning northwest. The trail now continues its steep ascent as it bounces back and forth between two ridge lines in a series of switchbacks. At the conclusion of the switchbacks, the trail levels out at a ridge line that slowly ascends to a fire lookout at the summit.

The views from this area are expansive. It is said that this is the only location in the park that accommodate the entirety of a the lake within in a camera lens. The fire lookout is still operational and is sometimes staffed by park personnel. Also, given its height, snow can be found along the trail late into the season.

Return the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Grouse, Clark's Nut Crackers, Steller's Jays, and many birds abound.

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Oct 21, 2018
Dörthe Ge
Sep 9, 2018
Cristina Monaco
4.5mi
Sep 9, 2018
Logan Shaver
Aug 21, 2018
Dion Campbell
Boat tour cancelled, picnic atop Mt. Scott!
Aug 21, 2018
Scott Campbell
Cancelled boat tour. Too much smoke to see the lake. Hiked Mt. Scott instead.
Jul 11, 2018
Helmut Kapczynski
Really great 4.5mi
Jun 30, 2018
Jonathan Perkes
Sep 24, 2017
Dan Damkoehler
Slushy snow all the way up 5mi

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  4.6 from 14 votes

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