Sun Notch (P.O.I.)

SA Report: Volcanos past

Trip Date: 9/9/2013

Location: Crater Lake National Park

Permit/Pass: Car - $10.00 (7 day pass), Motorcycles, bicycles & pedestrians - $5.00 per person (7 day pass)

Trails: NPS map

Directions: The area of the park we visited can be reached from the south year round. From Interstate 5 in Medford OR, take Route 62 north, then east, then north, then east again (keep alert, although you're following 62 the whole way there will be turns you'll have to take). After just over 70 miles watch for the left turn into the park, then follow this road - Munson Valley Rd. for almost four miles until you come to Rim Drive on the right. Turn onto Rim Dr. and drive 4.3 miles to the parking lot on your left. The trailhead is at the west end of the lot.

Trail sequence: Sun Notch trail

Type: Loop

Distance: 1 mile

Elevation: Min. - 7054', Max. - 7136'

Rating: Easy

Synopsis: Sun Notch trail takes you to the Phantom Ship viewpoint. This is a spot where you get a nice look at a rock formation in the lake that looks to some like an old clipper ship. The trail is easy, has nice views from the rim and some good shade.


Sun Notch Crater Lake NP

Turn by Turn:

  -- After parking look for the trailhead at the west end of the parking area. 

  -- Head up the trail for a couple of hundred yards to a junction with the loop. 

  -- Either way you turn brings you to the overlook. Follow the loop back to the junction and return to your car.


Photo Gallery: Crater Lake Sun Notch