Current Conditions

Current Status of Park Roads:

West Entrance (Highway 62)
South Entrance (Highway 62)
Highway 62 to Park Headquarters
Park Headquarters to Rim Village
North Entrance
CLOSED for the winter
West Rim Drive
CLOSED for the winter
East Rim Drive
CLOSED for the winter
Pinnacles Road
CLOSED for the winter

The North Entrance and West Rim Drive are scheduled to open to cars at 8 am on Friday, May 15. The East Rim Drive and Pinnacles Road will likely open in late June. Highway 62 and the road to Park Headquarters are open year-round. The road from Park Headquarters to Rim Village is open year-round except after big snow storms.


Lake Visibility
When skies are clear, excellent views of Crater Lake can be obtained at Rim Village. During storms, however, the lake is usually obscured by clouds. In May, the lake is visible about 80% of the time. In June, it's visible about 90% of the time. To find out if Crater Lake is currently visible, click HERE to view a webcam at Rim Village.

Click HERE to visit the National Weather Service forecast page for Crater Lake. Click HERE to download today's "Weather Report," a PDF showing snow depth at Park Headquarters, yesterday's high and low temperatures, and graphs comparing current conditions to long-term averages.


These facilities are currently OPEN:

Visitor Center at Park Headquarters (9am-5pm)
Post Office (9am-12pm & 1-3pm, except Sundays & holidays)
Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop
Annie Creek Restaurant (7am-7pm)
Annie Creek Gift Shop (7am-8pm)
The Cabins at Mazama Village (registration desk open 7am-8pm)

These facilities are currently CLOSED:

Crater Lake Lodge (opens May 15)
Sinnott Overlook & Exhibit Room (opens mid-June)
Rim Village Visitor Center (opens late May)
Mazama Village Campground (opens May 8)
Mazama Village Camper Store (opens May 8)
Mazama Village Gas Station (opens May 1)
Lost Creek Campground (opens early July)

Trail Conditions
Park hiking trails are still covered by snow, but there is much less snow this year than normal. Ask at the visitor center for trail recommendations and current snow conditions. Use caution near cliff edges. Rental snowshoes are available at the Rim Village Gift Shop.

The best place to walk without snowshoes is along the West Rim Drive. Typically, the park does not start plowing the Rim Drive until late April, but this year plowing began March 9. The West Rim Drive and North Entrance Road have now been plowed, along with parts of the East Rim Drive. They are closed to cars, but open to hikers, bicyclists, and pets on leash. For your safety, stay clear of snow plows.

Backcountry camping requires a permit. Permits are free, but must be obtained in person from the Visitor Center at Park Headquarters between 9am and 5pm.

Pets on leash are allowed on the Pacific Crest Ski Trail. Otherwise, they must remain within 50 feet of plowed roads and parking lots. Pets are not allowed on other ski trails, or off-trail.


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