Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Crater Lake- Oregon

Crater Lake National Park is located in Southern Oregon. Established in 1902, Crater lake is the fifth oldest national Park in the United States and the only one in the state of Oregon. The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148ft deep caldera that was formed around 7,700 years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. There are not rivers flowing into or out of the lake. 

About our trip:
We took a trip here in early August on our way home from a backpacking trip in Olympic national Park, Washington. I got hurt on our backpacking trip so I was unable to do any hikes but we did stop at a few of the view point along the main road going around the rim of the lake. Along with a visitor center theres a restaurant/ cafe, lodge, and gift shops. Theres a beautiful waterfall, Vidae Falls, boat tours and tons of trails for the whole family to enjoy. This was a fun stop on our way home and I'm looking forward to visiting Crater Lake in the future to complete all of the trails! Once I complete the trails around the lake the trails listed below will become links to more information on that hike.

Getting to the Trailhead:
  • From the South (Year Around)- From Medford Take rout 62 North and east to the parks west entrance.
  • From the North (Summer)- The parks north entrance is closed in the winter and spring. Dates can very, but typically the north entrance is closed from early November to June. From Roseburg take rout 138 east to parks north entrance. From Bend take rout 97 south to rout 138 west to parks north entrance.
  • From the North (Winter)-  From Roseburg take rout 138 east to rout 230 south to rout 62  east to parks west entrance. From Bend take rout 97 south to rout 62 north and west  to the parks south entrance. 
Entrance Fees:
Car- $10.00 (7 day pass)
Motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians- $5 per person (7 day pass)

Trails:
Sun Notch Viewpoint- 0.5 mile
Castle Crest Wildflower  Garden- 0.5 mile
Godfrey Glen- 1 mile
Watchman Peak- 1.4 miles
Cleetwood Cove- 2.2 miles
Annie Creek Canyon- 1.7 miles
Garfield Peak- 3.4 miles
Mt. Scott- 5 miles

Lodging:
-Crater Lake Lodge
-Mazama Cabins

Camping:
-Mazama Campground
-Lost Creek Campground

Links:
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Knot the Ordinary- Store
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Crater Lake National Park





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