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).

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100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Douglas Lorain
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"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."
Hiking Southern Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Art Bernstein and Zach Urness
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"A gorgeous trail beginning at Crater Lake Lodge and climbing a narrow, rocky ridge with cliffs dropping directly to Crater Lake. Outstanding vista from the summit. Garfield Peak is not named for a US president or a cartoon cat. It is named for a former secretary of the interior. The Garfield Peak Trail is one of the most accessible and spectacular within Oregon’s only national park. Although the park’s Mount Scott is 900 feet higher, Garfield Peak is part of the actual lake rim, while Mount Scott is set back from the lake. The Garfield Peak Trail is shorter and a little steeper than the Mount Scott Trail."
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Chris Van Tilburg
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"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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Trail Information

Crater Lake National Park
Nearby City
Crater Lake National Park
Skill Level
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Crater Lake National Park: (541) 594-3100
Local Contacts
USGS Crater Lake West and Crater Lake East; Crater Lake National Park
Local Maps