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Cleetwood Cove Trail

Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Extremely challenging!

This trail is extremely challenging. It is listed as strenuous for a reason. Do not underestimate... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
taylorsatte
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Ashland, Ohio
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Only way we saw the entire lake

As described in another review of Watchman Peak, we arrived at Crater Lake in August 1 to a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
talkinghorse55
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Connecticut
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“great hike” (13 reviews)
“boat tour” (36 reviews)
“cold water” (9 reviews)
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Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake National Park, OR
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"great hike"
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"boat tour"
in 36 reviews
"cold water"
in 9 reviews
"steep grade"
in 5 reviews
"parking lot"
in 13 reviews
"the water's edge"
in 7 reviews
"lake level"
in 8 reviews
"steep hike"
in 8 reviews
"bring water"
in 8 reviews
"bring your bathing suit"
in 2 reviews
"altitude change"
in 2 reviews
"take your time"
in 10 reviews
"wear water shoes"
in 2 reviews
"easy climb"
in 2 reviews
"min hike"
in 2 reviews
"swimming area"
in 3 reviews
"year olds"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This trail is extremely challenging. It is listed as strenuous for a reason. Do not underestimate it. When we got to the bottom my mom actually got some heat exhaustion and was unable to go on the boat ride. Take water and a snack for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As described in another review of Watchman Peak, we arrived at Crater Lake in August 1 to a white-out from the fire-related smog present on the West Coast. Nothing was visible from the Rim Trail. So we hiked down on the Cleetwood Cove Trail, hoping...More

Thank talkinghorse55
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Trail is 2.2 miles round trip with a 700 ft elevation change. You go down the side of the bowl and then come back up the same trail. It’s well maintained and benches are available in places. There are shady places in the trail which...More

2  Thank TCM4
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the north entrance, it is about 11 miles, turn left. This is the starting point of the boat launch and the only legal access of Crater Lake’s shore area. The trail is considered to be strenuous due to the steep grade of the trail....More

1  Thank Indiana_Jonesse
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trail to the lake was excellent....no rocks, wide, and even benches to stop and rest at/on when coming up the step hill.

Thank Cherie P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take this trail to enter the waters of Crater Lake, the purest and clearest waters you may ever dip yourself into!

Thank WmnAud
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unless you are going on the boat tour don't do this hike. Filled with mosquitos and packed with tourists swimming in a very tight space on very rocky shoreline. The lake is best viewed from the rim anyway. From the shore it's not as impressive....More

1  Thank Joe L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must do at crater lake. The trip down is steep but took about 1/2 hour. The rocks are great spots to get in the water. So cold, but so incredible! The boat trip was great, but there is no cover on the...More

1  Thank Oscarsmommy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only trail that will get you down to the Crater Lake. This trail is not so long but it is steep. Walk down is a breeze...but going back may be painful. Especially when mosquito are in season (because when you sweat they tend to...More

Thank Anna G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my daughter did this hike, main reason was that the only way to do the boat tour on Crater Lake was to hike down to the lake. It is a steep hike and even though it is short, it is strenuous if your...More

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J-ManAlive
July 1, 2018|
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Response from magicraider | Reviewed this property |
Hi! You will need to drive there. You can park on the street or in the lot across the street from the trailhead.
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NHFamilyORBound
December 31, 2017|
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Response from Danny D | Reviewed this property |
Drive - you will need it on your way back once you walk up the trail to head back up !!
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pipefitter317
August 17, 2017|
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Response from Danny D | Reviewed this property |
Wizard Island Tours For more adventure, you may choose one of the Wizard Island Tours to be dropped off on Wizard Island for some additional hiking, exploration and beauty. Guests on the morning Wizard Island Tour will... More
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