Crater Lake National Park

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Crater Lake National Park
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Beautiful lake which is the centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park.
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More than 3 hours
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Andreas G
Berkeley, CA474 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep. 2021
The view is beautiful, and the lake is definitely worth a visit. We went there on a daytrip from Klamath Falls where we were staying. We entered the park, and went to the area near the Lodge where guest facilities were located. Parking was difficult even for a midweek visit in late September. I would expect that during the summer and on weekends it could be a nightmare. We went on a brief one-hour hike along a rim trail that for seniors had its challenging segments but it was a pleasant experience. Having been to Lake Tahoe, Shasta Lake, Lake Geneva and Lake Biwa, like them, it is a lake worth seeing, and has its unique appeal. If I stayed at the lodge, I would only stay for one night, enjoy some of the other easier trails, and then visit other sites in Oregon.
Written 28 September 2021
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Pat T
Murrieta, CA110 contributions
A MUST SEE!!!
Aug. 2021 • Friends
Crater Lake is off the beaten path but every time we visit my Brother in Wa., we make it a point to see this place. It’s view of the lake on a crystal clear day is beyond what words can describe.

My sister and I drove from Ca to Wa. On our way home, we spent half of a day trying to get here. I’m so glad we did. The view of the lake is breathtaking.
Written 30 August 2021
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KMc-NM
C261 contributions
A "must see" spot
Aug. 2021
Hike, hike, and hike again. So many trails. We spent just 2 nights, but we accomplished a lot sticking to fairly easy and short trails with great views.
Sunrise came first at Watchman's Overlook (just the overlook, not the hike) and Discovery Point.
Then, after breakfast, we headed counter clockwise from Crater Lake Lodge. Sun Notch was a perfect start with an easy .8 mile loop trail that showed us the lake, the phantom ship, and the rim.
From there, we headed to Pinnacles for another easy .8 trek to see the fascinating volcanic spires. No lake views here, but worth it. Get there early before the tiny parking lot fills up.
Next, Plaikni Falls, a big more challenging (but NOT hard) 2 mile hike to see the stream and falls. Again, worth the effort.
Then came the rim drive with lots of stops. Hard to resist stopping at nearly every overlook.
We did not hike down to the water's edge (swimming in the icy water didn't appeal), but we did stop at Cleetwood Cove where there is a huge parking lot with lots of visitors (and rest rooms). A ranger was warning hikers to take water and be prepared for the strenuous hike down (and back up).
Don't miss Sinnott overlook! It's an easy walk down, but check the hours as it's not open all the time.
It was too smoky to see sunset though we tried from the hotel. The fires in OR and CA blew smoke over Crater Lake while we were there, but mostly in the late afternoon and evenings. Getting up early allowed us to hike and see much of the lake before the smoke arrived around 4pm.
One of the best views is from the hotel's porch. Sit in a rocking chair, relax and enjoy!
Written 26 August 2021
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Cynthia K
Westville, IN2,912 contributions
Beautiful National Park
Jul. 2021
July & August are the busy months. By that time all the park roads are open. It's also wildfire season, unfortunately.
I can't stress enough to get into the park early! The line to get in after 10am is long. You can do the park in one day, but won't be able to take a lot of the hikes. We were there 2 1/2 days & were able to do everything we wanted to do.

It's $30 to get in. The Visitor Center is closed. Both Rim Village & Mazama Village have gift shops that are open. Steel Visitor Center is closed. Sinnott Memorial is open, but it's a small space. The museum part is closed. The Community House in Rim Village has the National Park Book Store. Masks are required. at all open facilities.
Crater Lake Lodge is open to guests only. The restaurant is also open to guests only.
The Rim Drive is 33 miles around & well worth your time. We did every pulloff that had a view.

There's 2 gas pumps & a camp store at Mazama Village. There's no boat tours due to covid.
A lot of the roads (Pinnacles) & overlooks don't have signs. Some of the information boards are missing as well at random overlooks.
If you want to do the Cleetwood Cove or Watchman Trail, make that your first stop. Both of these trails get heavy usage, especially in the afternoon.
It's hard to pick a favorite hike. I enjoyed Godfrey Glen & Plaikini Falls. Vidae Falls can be seen from the Southeast side of Rim Drive.

This was our favorite place during our vacation. I highly recommend!
Written 23 August 2021
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831patriciar
Milwaukee, WI176 contributions
out for a drive
Aug. 2021
stopped in at crater lake. beautiful area. we had a good weather day. lots of points where you can pull off and enjoy the view. places to going hiking within the park. i just wish that the points of interest were better marked with signs.
Written 22 August 2021
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Racer70
Ohio219 contributions
Smokey, but Awesome Anyway
Aug. 2021
My 12 yr. old daughter and I visited Crater Lake NP on August 14, 2021 and unfortunately it was greatly impacted by the smoke and haze from the nearby wildfires.

We drove all around the rim of the lake and the smoke and haze was very bad and you couldn't see clearly across the lake. All of the great vista spots along the lake were smoke impacted. However, we didn't let that stop us as we enjoyed the park as best we could.

We ate lunch at the Goodbye picnic area and hiked the Godfrey Glen Trail, Sun Noch Trail and the Cleetwood Trail and swam in the beautiful, cool blue water of Crater Lake NP. Actually swimming in the lake was the best. You must do it once.

Any time spent in Crater Lake NP is awesome.
Written 21 August 2021
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WillieMacfan
Healdsburg, CA613 contributions
A beautiful Place when it is a clear day
Aug. 2021
Our third or fourth visit to Crater Lake. Unfortunately, on this occasion the smoke from the Dixie and other fires had the sky with a distinct brownish tint.

Normally the Lake reflects the blue sky. There are good views from a number of areas where you can pull off from the Rim Drive and park.
Written 20 August 2021
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX5,843 contributions
Beautiful, if the Weather Cooperates
Jul. 2021
We tried to visit Crater Lake September 2020 but the wildfires had other ideas. This year we were much more successful. While staying in Bend, we drove 2 hours (one way) on two different days for our visit. We came on July 20 and 23. Had beautiful weather on both days. They do have a webcam on the NPS website where you can see what it looks like in real time.

We started very early on our first day - got there around 6:30 am and drove the 33 mile rim drive clockwise. Went to practically every single look out. It did get hot in the afternoon so getting an early start was important.

We did the Garfield Peak hike in the late afternoon and it was brutal with no shade. On our 2nd visit, we hiked up Watchman Peak but in the early morning. Also, the Plaikni Falls is a nice and easy hike. Sun Notch for views of the Phantom Ship is also very popular. You can easily visit Crater Lake in 1 day if you get an early start.
Written 19 August 2021
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NapervilleTraveller
Naperville, IL64 contributions
Beautiful area, but lots of smoke
Aug. 2021
We were very much looking forward to our trip to Crater Lake, and were super excited to land a lakeview reservation for 2 nights! As the date drew closer (Aug 11 & 12), thoughts of smoke in the area were on our minds. We followed through on our plans-staying at the lodge was great. However, the views were not so great. Unfortunately, of the 3 days we spent in the park, the last day was the clearest, thanks to some rain which helped with the smoke, but we were never able to see the blue lake as it has been seen in so many photos. Hopefully some day we will return to see it in all its glory.
Written 16 August 2021
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Cathy L
Leland, NC472 contributions
Breathtaking
Jul. 2021
This was our first visit to this park. Absolutely gorgeous views all the way around the lake. The water is unbelievably blue. It was crowded and parking at a premium, especially at the store. Limited food/snacks so pack a picnic and enjoy the views.
Written 6 August 2021
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