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Contact: Marsha McCabe, 541-594-3091
Crater Lake National Park is pleased to announce that our popular ranger-led snowshoe walks are about to begin for the 2015-2016 winter season. The walks will start this Saturday, November 28, and will be offered every Saturday and Sunday (and some holidays) through May 1, 2016. Walks will also be offered on weekdays in late December and early January.
Crater Lake is one of the snowiest inhabited places in America, receiving anaverage of 43 feet of snow per year. Ranger-led snowshoe walks are a fun way to explore this winter wonderland while learning how plants, animals, and people survive the long winter.
The walks start at 1:00 p.m., last two hours, and cover one mile of moderately strenuous terrain. (Additional walks may be scheduled at other times, as staffing permits, throughout the winter.) They don’t follow a trail—the hike is an off-trail exploration through the forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake.
No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. Participants should be at least 8 years old and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear.
Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are required. For more information and to sign up, call the park’s visitor center at 541-594-3100. The visitor center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except on December 25. Groups of 10 or more people (such as scout troops, hiking clubs, and church groups) may be able to arrange for a separate tour just for their group.
Crater Lake National Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day. The park’s north entrance and Rim Drive are closed to cars in the winter, but the west and south entrances are plowed daily and are open to automobiles throughout the year. There is no winter lodging in the park, but the Rim Village Café & Gift Shop is open daily except on November 26 and December 25. Spectacular views of Crater Lake can be obtained at Rim Village during periods of clear weather.