Sun Notch Trail

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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0.5h
Distance
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1.3 km
Elevation
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39 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Sun Notch Trail is a short, easy hiking route that shows off the namesake of Crater Lake National Park, with a particularly good view of the Phantom Ship. It’s easy enough for all ages and won’t take long to complete, so add it onto your adventures in the park. Expect moderate traffic and remember that dogs are not permitted on this trail.

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Route Description for Sun Notch Trail

Sun Notch Trail is a quick and rewarding hike in Crater Lake National Park that takes you to the Phantom Ship Overlook. You’ll enjoy a great view of the lake and of the Phantom Ship with very little effort required. This hike is good for all skill levels and makes for a nice stop as you drive through the park. Expect a bit more traffic on this hike than many other routes experience.

From the trailhead off E Rim Drive, you’ll follow Sun Notch Phantom Ship Viewpoint Trail as it heads to the base of the loop. You can go either way, but our route goes counterclockwise. Stay right and continue to Sun Notch. Stop for a photo, then walk a bit further to the Phantom Ship Overlook. It’s a great viewpoint! Keep an eye out for birds here, including golden eagles.

From here, the route continues down to the base of the loop and then back to the parking lot via the same trail.

Getting to the Sun Notch Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Sun Notch Trail is on E Rim Drive.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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