In an average winter, Crater Lake National Park receives 42 feet of snow! Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are a fun way to explore this winter wonderland while learning how plants, animals, and people survive the harsh conditions.
Due to staffing shortages, the start date for snowshoe walks for the 2023-2024 season has not yet been established. Once walks do begin, they will be offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and most holidays. The walks start at 1:00 pm, last two hours, and cover 1 to 2 miles of moderate-to-strenuous terrain. They don’t follow a trail—the hike is an off-trail exploration through the forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake. If the road to Rim Village is closed, the walks explore the forests and meadows in the vicinity of Park Headquarters.
As long as the road to Rim Village is open, it is possible to rent snowshoes at Rim Cafe and Gifts from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM daily. Overnight rentals are not available. Please make sure you always use caution when snowshoeing and stay well away from the edge of the caldera at all times. Snow cornices often form at the edge and can collapse under the weight of snowshoers and skiers.
No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour (apart from the winter entrance fee of $20 per vehicle). Participants should be at least 8 years old, be in good physical health, and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. The walks take place rain or shine (or snow). Pets are not allowed on the hike.
Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are required. Organized groups (such as scout troops, hiking clubs, and church groups) may be able to arrange for a separate tour, staff permitting. Once dates are available they will be posted on this page.
Last updated: December 17, 2023