A satellite of the once great Mt. Mazama (now Crater Lake), at 8929 feet, Mt. Scott is now the highest point in Crater Lake National Park. It's the tenth highest Oregon Cascade peak and its summit is reportedly the only spot you can fit the whole lake into a normal camera viewfinder. It's an easy hike up from the rim of Crater Lake as is testament to the large number of people (kids included) who hike it daily. There is a manned lookout at the summit. The west side is a glacier-carved cirque while the east side is a fairly uniform slope.
Views extend from Shasta to the Three Sisters although having one of America's most scenic places right in front of you is really view enough. Mt. Scott is named for Levi Scott, a 19th century trail scout and pioneer.
Crater Lake Webcam
From the west (Medford, OR) take Highway 62 east to the south park entrance (maybe about 80 miles). From the east (Highway 97), you can take Highway 62 up from the southeast to the south entrance or cut over on Highway 138 from Diamond Lake Junction to the north entrance. There are lots of signs in southern Oregon for Crater Lake, you can't miss them.
Once you are inside the park, follow the east crater rim drive to the southeast corner of the lake where there are signs for the Mt. Scott Trailhead. There is a parking lot right off the Rim Drive.
Good news is that there is no Northwest Forest Pass required here.
Bad news is that it's a National Park, so there is a $10 entry fee to get in unless you have the annual pass.
When To Climb
mid-July through October. This area gets hit hard with snow in the winter (hundreds of inches per year-in May there is usually still 8 feet of snow there) so the window of summer is short. This is however a popular winter ski/snowshoe destination although the road is closed before the entrance gate and is a looooooong route in.
Camping is allowed only in designated areas and you must have a permit. Check here
Mountain ConditionsCrater Lake National Park