Backpack to Crater Lake, Sierra National Forest

8.4 Miles Round Trip - 2100 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Florence Lake Campground - Search Nearby - Added by Emily Rudger

This strenuous 4 mile hike pays off with breath taking views of an isolated lake and the distant mountain ranges of John Muir Wilderness. 

Starting at Lake Florence, this hike starts out with a climb up and keeps this up over the next 3 miles. After about 3 miles of climbing you reach another lake, Dutch Lake which provides shade and a nice place to rest. From there it's a relatively flat 1.2 miles in to your destination. Once at Crater Lake, you can set up camp by the water (somewhere more sheltered from the wind), or up on the granite to the left of the lake, where you get the best views of the mountains and lake, but more of a chill from the wind. Bring a hammock, some buds, and an appetite for adventure. 

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Camping
Fishing
Backpacking
Hiking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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8.4 Miles
2100 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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