Crater Lakes Trail

Carlton, Washington 98814

Crater Lakes Trail

Crater Lakes Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Tucked in a high cirque surrounded by sky-piercing peaks, the Crater Lakes epitomize rugged beauty. Among the most accessible of the alpine gems lacing jagged Sawtooth Ridge, reaching the Craters still exacts a fair amount of sweat and grit.

But, while many of the nearby lakes often swirl in activity, Craters’ environs generally remain calm. Hikers are few, horses rare, motorcycles barred. Come here in October when golden larches light up the steep valley walls and you’ll swear you found the pearly gates."

Crater Lakes Trail Reviews

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This trail is in great condition and leads to picturesque lakes. From the top of Raven Ridge you look straight down on these lakes. Around the shoreline of the lower lake, we found several quality camp spots to choose from even though we did not actually camp there. The lower lake is bigger and deeper, but you may find more space to yourself on the upper lake. The eTrail will get you to Crater Lake and also guide you to the upper lake, which has no formal access trail.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,350 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Late June– mid-Oct
4,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,969 feet
Top Elevation
Okanogan National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Prince Creek No. 115
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018