Looking for an easy hike to see something unique to the Mt. Hood Wilderness? Little Crater Lake may just maybe it. Little Crater Lake is 45′ deep and is spring fed. The water is crystal clear and a chilly 34 degrees Fahrenheit. There is no swimming allowed in the lake. There is a campground nearby if you’d like to stay longer. The lake was formed by dissolving limestone and is not of volcanic origin. The trails around Little Crater Lake also provide access to the many trails around Timothy Lake.
This trail is a flat, barrier-free trail from the trailhead to Little Crater Lake (0.15 mile). There is a viewing platform, bench, and information sign at Little Crater Lake. The trail continues 0.15 mile past the lake to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.