"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."