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During the summer, guided walks, talks, campfire programs, and junior ranger programs are offered by the National Park Service. Interpretive boat tours are offered in cooperation with Xanterra Parks and Resorts. During the winter, the National Park Service offers ranger-guided snowshoe walks. Call 541-594-3100 for more information.
Ride around the lake on the physically demanding, 33-mile Rim Drive. Steep hills at high elevation may encourage even the most fit riders to pause at many of the road's thirty overlooks and pull-outs to view the amazing scenery.
Early July to late September.
Snowmobile use is permitted at Crater Lake National Park only on the
North Entrance Road from the park boundary to North Junction, where
the entrance road meets Rim Drive. Snowmobile use is limited to that part of the North Entrance Road intended for wheeled vehicles.
Crater Lake Trolley. 445 Spring Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Phone: 541-883-2609.
Short Hikes (15 to 45 minutes)
Sun Notch Viewpoint
Length: 0.25 miles one way. Elevation: 7,000 to 7,115 feet. Difficulty: Moderate. Trailhead: 4 miles east of Park. Headquarters on the East Rim Drive. Features: View of Crater Lake and Phantom Ship. Use caution near the cliff edges.
Length: 1 mile loop. Elevation: 6,000 to 6,050 feet. Difficulty: Easy
Trailhead: 2.4 miles south of Park. Headquarters on Munson Valley Road.
Features: Old growth forests, and views of Annie Creek Canyon. Fully accessible.
Castle Crest Wildflower Trail
Length: 0.4 mile loop from East Rim. Drive, 1 mile loop from Park. Elevation: 6,400 to 6,500 feet. Difficulty: Moderate
Trailhead: 0.5 miles east of Park. Headquarters on East Rim Drive, or across the road from Park Headquarters. Features: Creek and meadow wildflowers in summer months.
Lady of the Woods Trail
Length: 0.3 mile loop. Elevation: 6,400 to 6,500 feet. Difficulty: Moderate
Trailhead: Behind Steel Information Center. Features: View historic buildings, landscape and sculpture.
Length: 1 mile out and back. Elevation: 5,500 to 5,400 feet. Difficulty: Easy. Trailhead: End of Pinnacles Spur Road, 7 miles south of Phantom Ship Overlook Features: Views of volcanic spires in canyon walls. Use caution near cliffs.
Length: 0.8 mile one way. Elevation: 7,400 to 8,056 feet. Trailhead: Watchman Overlook, 3.7 miles north of Rim Village on West Rim Drive
Features: Panoramic view from a historic fire lookout. May be closed until July due to snow.
Cleetwood Cove (only lake shore access)
Length: 1.1 miles one way. Elevation: 6,850 to 6,176 feet. Difficulty: Strenuous, 11% grade. Trailhead: 4.5 miles east of junction of East
Rim Road and North Entrance Road. Features: Lake shore and boat dock.
Length: 1.1 miles one way. Elevation: 7,050 to 7,150 feet. Difficulty: Easy
Trailhead: Rim Village, follow the sidewalk west out of Rim Village to start of dirt trail. Features: Views of Crater Lake.
Annie Creek Canyon
Length: 1.7 mile loop. Elevation: 5,800 to 6,000 feet. Difficulty: Moderate. Trailhead: Mazama Campground Amphitheater. Features: Deep, stream-cut canyon and creek-side wildflowers.
Longer Hikes (2 hours or more)
Length: 1.7 miles one way. Elevation: 7,050 to 8,060 feet. Difficulty: Difficult. Trailhead: Follow sidewalk on lakeside of Crater Lake Lodge going east to start of dirt trail. Features: Panoramic views. May be closed
until mid-July due to snow.
Length: 2.5 miles one way. Elevation: 7,450 to 8,929 feet. Difficulty: Strenuous. Trailhead: 14 miles east of Park Headquarters on East Rim Drive. Features: Highest point in the park with views of a historic fire lookout and Crater Lake.
Length: 3.2 miles one way. Elevation: 6,500 to 7,265 feet. Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous. Trailhead: East Rim Drive, 3 miles east of
Park Headquarters in Vidae Falls Picnic Area. Features: Forest and views of Klamath Lake (no Crater Lake views).
The Pacific Crest Trail stretches from the Mexican to Canadian borders along the mountainous crest of the Cascades and Sierra Nevada. Thirty-three miles pass through Crater Lake National Park, offering through-hikers magnificent views of the mountains surrounding the lake.
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Trails of Crater Lake National Park & Oregon Caves National Monument by William L. Sullivan. This guide includes everything you need to visit to Crater Lake and Oregon Caves; detailed descriptions of every trail, sightseeing suggestions, and tips on where to stay. Included are color guides to the wildflowers and wildlife of the parks, as well as illustrated chapters about the parks' history and geology. Order now...
Day & Overnight Hikes: Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail (Day and Overnight Hikes) by Paul Gerald. This guide includes 17 day hikes and 9 overnight hikes, each rated for scenery, difficulty, trail condition, solitude, and accessibility for children. Also included with each trail description are directions to the trailhead and GPS-based trail maps and elevation profiles. Order now...
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Crater Lake National Park: A Global Treasure by Ann Sutton and Myron Sutton. Stunning color photographs, along with historical photographs, charts, and drawings, illustrate their fascinating exploration of the only national park in Oregon. Order now..
Crater Lake National Park: A History by Rick Harmon. Overview of the geography, geology, and wildlife of Crater Lake and its surroundings. In tracing the origins of the park, which was established in 1902, portraits of the key individuals who founded, shaped, and managed Crater Lake National Park over the past one hundred years are revealed. Order now..
Crater Lake Gem of the Cascades by K R. Cranson. This geological account of Crater Lake National Park incorporates the latest research conducted in the park by United States Geological Survey geologists and other scientists. This edition has 9 chapters, an appendix, glossary, references and index. A special section features 17 color photographic plates illustrating key geological features in the park. Order now...
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon, 2nd Edition: Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge, Cascades, Eastern Oregon, Wallowas by Douglas Lorain. Completely revised and updated edition of the regional bestseller. In this new edition are the most popular trails and lesser-known gems throughout the entire state, including nine new hikes. These well established trails range from short easy strolls suitable for children and grandparents to longer backpacking trips for experienced hikers. Order now...
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