Garfield Peak Trail

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Elevation Gain1,386ft
Trailhead Elevation7,100ft
Elevation Min/Max7036/8056ft
Elevation Start/End7100/7100ft

Garfield Peak Trail

Garfield Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Klamath County, Oregon. It is within Crater Lake National Park. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 7,100 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,386 feet. The Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room restaurant and the Crater Lake Lodge hotel are near the trailhead. There is also a parking. The trail ends near Garfield Peak (elevation 8,051 feet).

Garfield Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A terrific hike where views of Crater Lake and surrounding areas are common. The trail is wide and sometimes rocky as it skirts a semi-open slope. Although mountain hemlock, Shasta red fir, whitebark pine, and subalpine fir dot the slope, you won’t find much shade. Benches provide comfortable spots to enjoy the view. The grade is moderate. Along the way look for marmots, deer, and other forms of animal life as you ascend this very popular trail.

Wildflowers are often visible as well. Upon reaching the summit, you’ll look down 2,000 feet to Crater Lake, where there’s a wonderful view of the entire lake including Phantom Ship. Also, you’ll see Mount McLoughlin and Union Peak to the south, with California’s Mount Shasta visible as well. Northern points include the Three Sisters, Mount Thielsen, and nearby Mount Scott, Crater Lake’s highest point. It’s a sight you won’t soon forget. Special attractions: Fantastic views; wildlife; wildflowers."

"Several short trails lead to viewpoints along the rim of Crater Lake, and for terrific scenery you really cannot go wrong taking any (or all) of them. One of the best starts from Crater Lake Lodge, with its classic view of Wizard Island, and climbs near the precipitous edge of the crater to the top of windswept Garfield Peak.

Visitors are sometimes surprised to learn that Garfield Peak was named not for the U.S. president but for his son, also named James Garfield, who served as the Secretary of the Interior under President Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Garfield was the first cabinet secretary to visit Crater Lake after it became a national park in 1902. From the summit of his namesake peak, you can revel in a magnificent panorama of the deepest and perhaps the most beautiful lake in the United States. Note: Dogs are prohibited on this trail, as they are on all trails in the park."

"Garfield Peak is not named after a U.S. President or a cartoon cat. It is named for a former Secretary of the Interior. Highlights: A gorgeous trail from the Crater Lake Lodge, up a narrow, rocky ridge with cliffs, dropping directly to Crater Lake. Outstanding vista from the summit."

"The closest route to park headquarters, this is another short jaunt that provides two excellent runs at the base of two peaks."

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Crater Lake National Park
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Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park
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USGS Crater Lake East, Crater Lake West
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Oct 2018