Current Conditions

Current Status of Park Roads:

West Entrance (Highway 62)
OPEN
South Entrance (Highway 62)
OPEN
Highway 62 to Park Headquarters
OPEN
Park Headquarters to Rim Village
OPEN
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

Highway 62 and the road to Rim Village are open year-round, although the last 3 miles (between Park Headquarters and Rim Village) are sometimes closed temporarily during periods of heavy snow.

 

Lake Visibility
When skies are clear, excellent views of Crater Lake can be enjoyed at Rim Village. During storms, however, the lake is usually obscured by clouds. In February, the lake is visible only about 50% of the time. To find out if Crater Lake is currently visible, click HERE to view a webcam at Rim Village.

 
Weather
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.
 

Facilities
These facilities are currently OPEN:
Visitor Center at Park Headquarters (10am-4pm)
Post Office (9am-12pm & 1-3pm, except Sundays & holidays)

Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop (10am-4:30pm)
Rim Village Restrooms (24 hours a day)

These facilities are CLOSED for the winter:
Mazama Campground
Lost Creek Campground
Crater Lake Lodge
Mazama Cabins
Mazama Store
Mazama Gas Station
Annie Creek Restaurant & Gift Shop
Rim Village Visitor Center
Sinnott Overlook & Exhibit Room

 

Trail Conditions
The park's hiking trails are covered by deep snow. Snowshoes and/or skis are advisable. Stay back from cliff edges and cornices.

Rim Drive is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The park's other ski trails are also open.

Backcountry camping requires a permit. Permits are free, but must be obtained in person from Park Headquarters between 10am and 4pm. Campers must ski or snowshoe at least 1 mile into the backcountry in order to camp.

Pets on leash are allowed on the Pacific Crest Trail and Annie Spring Spur Trail. Otherwise, they must remain within 50 feet of plowed roads and parking lots. Pets are not allowed off-trail, or on other park trails in the winter.

 

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