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Sun Notch Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.9 (16) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy and busy trail to an overlook with views of Crater Lake.


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0.5

Miles

0.8

KM

Point to Point

7,165' 2,184 m

High

7,035' 2,144 m

Low

129' 39 m

Up

70' 21 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · Views

Family Friendly An easy trail with views of Crater Lake.

Overview

This popular route is located about 4 miles to the east of park headquarters. Though this trail is short, it offers some spectacular views of Phantom Ship and of Crater Lake. While you're out enjoying the bigger views, you'll be treated to wildflowers and a plethora of other local flora.

Description

The trailhead is located on the south side of East Rim Drive at a small parking area located on the north side of the road.

The trail begins at the parking area and ascends slightly along a wide and well-maintained trail through a meadow of grasses, flowers, and Hemlock. The trail includes several flat areas for those assisting wheelchair bound people up the trail. At the top, the trail flattens out and moves along the rim of the caldera. Along the rim are several locations with benches and rock walls where views of the lake are easily attained. The Phantom Ship can also be seen from this location. To the west of Sun Notch is Applegate Peak and to the east is Dutton Cliff.

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  3.9 from 16 votes

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Crater Lake.
Oct 19, 2015 near Crater…, OR
Crater Lake from Sun Notch.
Oct 19, 2015 near Crater…, OR
The trail to Sun Notch.
Oct 19, 2015 near Crater…, OR

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Jul 30, 2020
K Jones
Nice and silent if not for the ladies chatting. Beautiful blue lake! 1mi — 0h 45m
Jul 23, 2020
Stephen Pack
Jul 9, 2020
Kelly Champion-Smith
Sep 6, 2019
su g
best view of crater lake, in my opinion
Sep 2, 2019
Jake Westover
Aug 31, 2019
Samuel Anaya
Aug 26, 2019
Charlotte Collins
0.5mi
Aug 24, 2019
Gary Rischitelli
Beautiful and easy loop around a meadow with spectacular view of the Phantom Ship below and Mt. Thielsen in the distance. 0.8mi — 0h 22m