Wizard Island Summit Trail

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Elevation Gain898ft
Trailhead Elevation6,929ft
Elevation Min/Max6176/6938ft
Elevation Start/End6929/6929ft

Wizard Island Summit Trail

Wizard Island Summit Trail is a hiking trail in Klamath County, Oregon. It is within Crater Lake National Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 6,929 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 898 feet. The trail ends near the Witches Cauldron (elevation 6,867 feet) crater. There are also piers and restrooms near the end of the trail.

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"A moderate island hike in too blue-to-describe Crater Lake. After a wonderful, informative boat ride, you’ll be dropped off at the island along with others who are intent on ascending nearly 800 feet to the top of Wizard Island.

From the summit, you’ll peer into the clear waters of America’s deepest lake (1,932 feet), explore a 90-foot-deep crater, and perhaps just sit and stare awe-struck at the crater rim surrounding you. From the island, you’ll see other Crater Lake highlights, including Mount Scott and Garfield Peak. Special attractions: Spectacular scenery; wildflowers; a new and exciting way to explore Crater Lake, Oregon’s only national park."

"The privately operated, ranger-guided boat ride to Wizard Island is a treat even if you don’t take the hike. The boat leaves from the end of the Cleetwood Cove Trail and costs $15 (the price goes up frequently). It takes 40 minutes to reach the island and another hour to get back to Cleetwood Cove. Along the way, the boat visits the Devil’s Backbone, Llao Rock, an incredibly beautiful waterfall, the Phantom Ship, the lake’s 1,932-foot “deep spot,” and much more. Even up close, it’s the bluest water you can possibly imagine.

The little harbor of jagged black lava rock at Wizard Island is gorgeous bordering on enchanted. Scattered mountain hemlock offers a modicum of shade while the nearly symmetrical, 764-foot cone rises abruptly in the background. Highlight: A boat ride to an island in Crater Lake, followed by a trek to the summit of a 750-foot-high cinder cone. Regarded by some as Oregon’s most spectacular and unusual hike."

"The world-famous, awe-inspiring views from the rim of Crater Lake are impossible to improve upon. Millions of tourists have seen these vistas, and countless postcards and calendar photographs ensure that all Oregonians (and much of the rest of the world) are intimately familiar with these breathtaking scenes. But relatively few of those admiring masses have achieved a water-level perspective from inside the caldera.

This unusual hike provides that opportunity by taking you to the top of Wizard Island, the distinctive cinder cone featured in so many of those famous photographs. Note: Dogs are prohibited on this trail, as they are on all trails in the park. Also, Wizard Island has no piped water and almost no shade; bring a hat and extra water."

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Crater Lake National Park
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Oct 2018