Cleetwood Cove Trail - Dive, Hike, and Swim near Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Crater Lake National Park, CRATER LAKE, OR 97604,Crater Lake National Park,Oregon
42.97963689913536, -122.08323240280151
Address: Crater Lake National Park, CRATER LAKE, OR 97604
GPS: 42°58'46.7"N 122°4'59.6"W
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State: Oregon

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Dive, Hike, and Swim

Cleetwood Cove trail leads to the Wizard Island boat tour dock as well as a popular cliff jumping spot in Crater Lake National Park. This is the only legal and safe place for visitors to access the shoreline of Crater Lake. Hiking the trail to the shoreline is quite steep and difficult. It is a switchback trail that shouldn’t be attempted by those with heart conditions or other health problems. The hike is considered strenuous and is about an hour and a half to the shoreline, and can take over two hours on the way back.

This trail provides gorgeous views of the lake and is primarily used for hiking and trail running. It's advised to wear water sandals if you plan on going in the water because there is sharp volcanic rock along the shoreline.

NOTE: The ledge to jump off of is about 20 feet above the water. The average temperature for Crater Lake is about 38 degrees but can warm up to around 50 degrees in the summer.


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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

  1. Head south on Crater Lake Hwy N/N Entrance Rd/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway toward Pacific Crest Trail/PCT
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (8.4 mi)
  2. Turn left onto Rim Dr/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (4.5 mi)

The trail head for Cleetwood Cove begins on East Rim Drive.

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