Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
3,476.00 ft (1,059.48 m)
Trail type
32.60 mi (52.46 km)
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Crater Lake Loop is a 36.2-mile route that utilizes the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the Crater Lake Rim Trail to form a scenic loop that can be completed as an epic day trek or enjoyed as an overnight backpacking trip. The route begins from Mazama Campground and takes place entirely within Crater Lake National Park. The route crosses fairly flat terrain with some rolling hills and little elevation gain or loss. The loop is easily accessible for most people and has a number of road and trail junctions that make it possible to shorten the distance if needed.

Take the PCT Spur Trail north from Mazama Village to the PCT. Enjoy the views of the mountains surrounding Crater Lake as you traverse gentle pine forests.  On the east side of West Rim Drive, the PCT crosses the Rim Trail. Follow the Rim Trail south and enjoy a traverse along the caldera rim of Crater Lake. There are several scenic vistas along the Rim Trail, as well as informative graphs that detail the region's geology and history. 

Leave the Rim Trail at the south west end of Crater Lake and follow Dutton Creek Trail southwest. The Dutton Creek Trail will take you back to the PCT. Take the PCT south and retrace your steps to Mazama Village. 


There isn't much water in the Crater Lake backcountry and many sources run dry by late July or early August. Plan to bring sufficient food and water with you. Water taken from creeks should be treated before being consumed.


Backcountry permits are required year-round for all overnight trips in the park. Permits are not required for day hiking. For information about backcountry camping and obtaining a permit please visit


  • Camping is prohibited in pullouts, picnic areas, and parking lots within the national park. 

  • Bicycles are not allowed on the PCT and are prohibited in certain areas of Crater Lake National Park. 


Crater Lake National Park

Mazama Campground

Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass

Car fee

Open Year-round



Unique geology. Scenic lake views. Educational graphs.


Crowds along the Rim Trail.

Trailhead Elevation

6,019.00 ft (1,834.59 m)

Highest point

7,726.00 ft (2,354.88 m)


Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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