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“its so beautiful from way up there”
Review of Watchman Peak

Watchman Peak
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed August 13, 2018

really nice walk to get your juices running for the 30 miles of stops of ooohs and aaaahs on the views of Crater Lake.

Thank SherryG487
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

This was a nice, easy hike up to watchman's peak. The views at the top are amazing, you can get a great panoramic shot of the lake and see so much. We went with our kids (2 and 4) so hiking the higher peaks were out of the question for us, I was very happy that we were able to get up so high in such a short time and get to see the views up there!

WARNING: If you are going while the wildfires in California (August 2018) are active, GO IN THE MORNING. By late afternoon you can hardly see the lake.

1  Thank HeatherGR2015
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Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Arrived at Crater Lake afternoon of Aug 1, but could not see lake surface at all from Watchman due to poor air quality (from Oregon fires). Early next morning, drove up to Watchman at dawn to see if sunrise visible. Could see halfway across lake this time, with most of the lake visible by 10 AM. Clearly see details on Wizard Island (see photo). But by 2 pm, views across lake were seriously degraded again. So it is really hit-or-miss with views in Crater Lake during this fire season.

Thank talkinghorse55
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Reviewed July 31, 2018

We stopped here for a great view from above of Wizard Island....excellent overlook to see all around.

Thank Cherie P
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Reviewed July 25, 2018

You can't access the fire tower but that's OK. The hike was such a GREAT hike with fantastic views and you really get to appreciate natures beauty from the top. Look for the Clark's Nutcracker bird in the trees here. They're pretty neat to watch

Thank Joe L
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