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Garfield Peak Hike

Southern Oregon Cascades, Oregon

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  • Garfield Peak from Crater Lake Lodge.- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Crater Lake from the lodge trailhead.- Garfield Peak Hike
  • The common and very loud minor cicada (Platypedia minor).- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Garfield Peak Trail.- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Garfield Peak Trail.- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Gray rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa).- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Crater Lake from Garfield Peak Trail.- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Garfield Peak Trail.- Garfield Peak Hike
  • View southwest toward Union Peak (6,917 ft).- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) along the trail.- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Crater Lake: View looking north toward Llao Rock and Mount Bailey (8,368 ft) and Mount Theilsen (9,182 ft).- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Garfield Peak Trail.- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Garfield Peak's summit (8,054 ft).- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Panoramic view of Crater Lake from Garfield Peak (8,054 ft).- Garfield Peak Hike
  • View south to Crater Peak (7,263 ft) and the Klamath Lake basin.- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Crater Lake Lodge from Garfield Peak.- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Rock penstemon (Penstemon rupicola).- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Spreading phlox (Phlox diffusa).- Garfield Peak Hike
  • Common red paintbrush (Castilleja miniata).- Garfield Peak Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic vistas. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Steep switchback trail.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Cascades, OR
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
7,090 ft (2,161 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,010 ft (308 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Partly cloudy throughout the day.
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Clear throughout the day.
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Partly cloudy until evening.
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Clear throughout the day.
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Drizzle overnight.
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Partly cloudy overnight.
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Departing from rustic Crater Lake Lodge, the hiking trail up to Garfield Peak is ‘quick and dirty’ or short and steep, depending on how you want to characterize it.  Certainly not for everyone who visits Crater Lake, the 1.7-mile switchback trail gains just under 1,000 vertical feet to make it to the highest* trail-accessible point along the lake’s impressive rim.

After passing numerous wildflower-covered pumice slopes filled with phlox, red paintbrush, yellow-flowered buckwheat, and rock penstemon, you’ll arrive at the 8,054-foot summit.  From Garfield Peak’s summit, panoramic views capture all of Crater Lake and extend as far north as Diamond Peak and the Three Sisters; views south include the Klamath basin, Mount McLoughlin, and Mount Shasta on clear days.

* At 8,151 feet, Hillman Peak is the highest point on Crater Lake's rim, with 8,126-foot Applegate Peak in second and 8,106-foot Dutton Cliff following in third.  Garfield Peak is the only one of the four that is accessible by trail.

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