Crater Lake National Park Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Family Travelers
- 98%Spiritual Seekers
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Local Culture
- 51%Luxury Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
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- Crater Lake National ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Mar 11, 2014
UPDATE - 12/2012
Same As It Ever Was!
Gayle and I returned to Crater Lake National Park a few weeks ago at the tail end of our annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival trip to Ashland. We thought it would be cool to take the long way home and visit the most stunning Crater Lake once again. This time, we treated ourselves and stayed at the Lodge. We hiked around, we hung out at the Lodge's Deck, Lounge, and in front of the Fireplace, had a nice Dinner, and of course couldn't get enough of the views (especially at dusk and dawn). Crater Lake National Park is isolated and takes awhile to get here, but it's so worth it and an experience that certainly I'll never forget.
After a wonderful Family Wedding weekend in Pasco Washington, it was time to drive home. Gayle wanted to go straight back, but since Crater Lake was on the way, I suggested that we stop and enjoy the views.
Even off US 97, it's a bit of a drive to the North Entrance. And even as we entered the park and crossed the Pumice Desert, she and the Kid were getting a bit impatient. However, the payoff came soon enough at the first scenic overlook. You have to climb up a small hill to see the view, and what a stunning spectacle it is! The scenery is striking and the Lake is so gloriously blue. We also went over the Crater Lake Lodge (and a few places in between) and admired slightly different, but even more inspiring views.
I had been here about 25 years ago in the Winter after driving up from Medford on Highway 62. The Winter view is different, but equally stunning.
As we headed South to Klamath, Gayle thanked me for pushing for this scenic detour. And when I got home, I started working on details of whether a future joint Ashland-Crater Lake trip might be possible.
- Crater Lake National ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Oct 11, 2012
Crater Lake is in the caldera of an extinct volcano, and the second deepest lake in North America. It has a quality of blue you won't find elsewhere. The park offers hiking, biking, beautiful scenery from your car, and boat excursions out onto the water.
- Crater Lake National ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Jul 08, 2012
Spectacular!! The water is so blue, you can't believe it is real. If you brought your road bike, cycle around the lake for an incredible workout and views. We camped here for several nights and were not disappointed!
- Crater Lake National ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jul 03, 2012
When I drove up to Crater Lake on the clear sunny day during the end of summer, my first glimpse of it immediately took my breath away. The water was so blue and reflected the majestic mountains surrounding it. Much of the snow that usually covers the land had melted away. Typically, snow starts falling in October and only begins to melt away in June. Though I would have liked to see some snow, we were quite lucky to see the blue water and have the option to hike some of the 90+ miles of hiking trails there, which would otherwise be closed off in the winter.
I walked down to the visitor's center, which overlooked the stunning lake and was able to get a wonderful view of it and the two picturesque islands within it. The visitor's center provided a wealth of information about the history of the lake, which was created when the volcano it once was erupted and collapsed inside itself. It was interesting to learn that Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US, and the generous amount of snowfall it receives is what provides the lake with such pure water.
Crater Lake is definitely a place to put on your "must see" list. It was the highlight of our trip and a wonderful spot to bask in the glory of nature.
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