Nuttin But Trees
Overview: This trail can be a limited out and back hike to the Pacific Crest Trail starting from the Rim Village at Crater Lake, a much more scenic side excursion and alternative trail for the Pacific Crest Trail, or as part of day hike loop departing from the Rim Village on the Discovery Point Trail and returning on the Dutton Creek Trail. For purposes of this report it is described from southwest to northeast from the Pacific Crest Trail to Crater Lake Rim Village.
Hike: The grade is uphill for the entire length following Dutton Creek. This sounds rather straight forward but you will be surprised by how many other creeks are encountered along the way that do not appear on the topo map. The old growth forest is unmanaged in this vicinity and there is a certain charm seeing the old broken trees being reclaimed by nature. The tall canopy completely blocks the sky and offers relief from summer sunshine. There is little in the way of new growth and you have views deep into the forest ahead. After about one hundred feet gain in elevation thick patches of snow were encountered even in late July when this was written. This changes everything and disorients the trail. Gps and maps come in handy and once again, start to look for the diamond shaped blue reflectors high in the trees, placed there for cross country skiers. Several creek crossings and ravines not appearing on the topo could certainly create confusion. Each time in doubt, look up in the trees ahead for direction. Eventually you will hear vehicles climbing the hill to the Rim Village and know you are getting close. The trail comes out to an open meadow with the road and the Rim Village on the other side. Crater Lake is the end reward.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.