Mount Scott Trail

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

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Mount Scott Trail is a hiking trail in Klamath County, Oregon. It is within Crater Lake National Park. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 7,680 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,334 feet. The Mount Scott Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Mount Scott (elevation 8,648 feet) and the Mount Scott Lookout observation tower.
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Mount Scott Trail is a hiking trail in Klamath County, Oregon. It is within Crater Lake National Park. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 7,680 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,334 feet. The Mount Scott Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Mount Scott (elevation 8,648 feet) and the Mount Scott Lookout observation tower.
Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Climbing, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Crater Lake National Park
Distance: 2.1
Elevation Gain: 1,334 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 7,680 feet
Top Elevation: 8,924 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Scott Trail
Parks: Crater Lake National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 7673/8924 ft
Elevation Start/End: 7680/7680 ft
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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon

Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon

Mount Scott offers some respectable turns, considering it’s only a thousand feet of vertical.

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Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous

Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous

If Crater Lake is the scenic highlight of Oregon, the Mount Scott Trail is the ultimate hike in Crater Lake National Park (the Wizard Island cone, is the best hike in the park but not the ultimate hike).

While not particularly difficult, the Mount Scott Trail offers the ultimate view of Crater Lake. Highlights: A splendid panorama of all of Crater Lake and much of southern Oregon from the highest point in Crater Lake National Park.

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75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents

75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents

Crater Lake National Park contains opportunities for scrambling to the top of Mount Mazama’s last remaining high peaks, remnants from this once-giant volcano. Mount Scott, a broad peak east of Crater Lake, is the highest of those peaks. When Mazama collapsed, the almost 2000-foot-deep caldera became what is now Crater Lake.

This is one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the United States. Mount Scott is on the eastern side of the lake and has an active lookout atop its summit. The summit is approached from the south via a ridge trail, which allows scramblers to reach other points along the upper mountain. Although largely a trail hike, Mount Scott is a good warm-up for the more challenging peaks in the area.

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Hiking Oregon (Ikenberry)

Hiking Oregon (Ikenberry)

A round-trip day hike in Crater Lake National Park leading to the highest point in the park. From the summit, you’ll see many other high mountain peaks including Mount McLoughlin, the Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson, and California’s Mount Shasta. Of course, you’ll also see awe-inspiring Crater Lake (best viewed during the early morning). Special attractions: The park’s best overall view of Crater Lake and surrounding areas.

A dirt road serves for a trail when you begin climbing along the base of Mount Scott. Later the road turns into a wide path as you climb to the summit named for Levi Scott, a 1844 pioneer and the founder of Scottsburg, in Douglas County. Stunted trees and great views reward you as you climb. Along the way, look for marmots, chipmunks, ground squirrels, and pikas. And in the spring and fall, migrating raptors are sometimes seen.

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May 2018