Places To Go
In the late-Spring, typically in June, the Rim Drive starts to open up. As plows clear the snow, more pavement becomes available for walkers, bicyclists and then automobiles. Typically, the entire Rim Drive is open by the beginning of July. Winter weather starts to close the Rim Drive in October or November.
During the summer, you can explore old-growth forests or wildflower meadows. Climb mountains for great views of the lake or hike to the lake itself. For more detailed information on our trails, click here.
For a longer hike, try a backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail. Information for camping in the backcountry can be found on our summer (or winter) backcountry handouts.
Whether just hiking down the Cleetwood Trail for a swim or joining a boat tour of the volcano, visiting the shore of Crater Lake is a unique experience. Typically the trail is accessible from July to October, depending on the snows.
Winters at Crater Lake can be long and snowy. Storms from the Pacific Ocean dump an average of 524 inches (13.3 meters) of snow at Park Headquarters. With Highway 62 open year round, you can always access the park for winter fun. Join a free ranger-led snowshoe walk on weekends through the end of April. Free use of park snowshoes during the walk. For folks with their own equipment, information on the park's cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, can be found by clicking here. Snowshoe and ski rental information is available, just click here.
For snowmobilers, Diamond Lake Resort grooms the North Entrance Road. A ten-mile ride on the marked route brings you to an amazing lake overlook.
Did You Know?
Crater Lake was formed when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama 7700 years ago caused the mountain to collapse, leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera creating Crater Lake.