Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks

Kids pose in front of Crater Lake on a ranger-guided snowshoe walk.

In a typical winter, Crater Lake National Park receives 43 feet of snow! Ranger-led snowshoe walks are a fun way to explore this winter wonderland while learning how plants, animals, and people survive the long winter.

Snowshoe walks are offered every Saturday and Sunday (and on holidays) from late November through the end of April. They 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.

No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. (There is a park entrance fee, however—$10 per vehicle, payable by cash or credit card at the visitor center.)

Participants should be at least 8 years old 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. 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 am to 4:00 pm except on December 25.

Organized groups (such as scout troops, hiking clubs, and church groups) may be able to arrange for a separate tour, staff permitting. Call to check on available dates.

 
Winter View of Wizard Island

Last updated: January 19, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604

Phone:

(541) 594-3000

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