The backpacking season at Crater Lake National Park is short due to long, snowy winters. Typically, lower elevation trails become snow-free in late June. Some higher-elevation trails typically remain covered by snow until mid-July. The best time to visit the park's backcountry is mid-July through September.
Summer Backcountry Camping
Designated Backcountry Campsites
There are five designated backcountry campsites within the park. The sites are primitive in nature and include only a fire ring and a flat area for tents. Sites are assigned with your backcountry permit on a first come, first served basis.
Dispersed camping is allowed with a permit under these conditions:
Areas Closed to Camping in Summer
To ensure the enjoyment of all visitors, protect fragile resources, and ensure visitor safety, some areas of the park are closed to camping. Check out our Camping Restriction Map for areas that are closed to camping.
Please note that there is no hiking trail that encircles Crater Lake in the summer.
During the summer months, fire danger can increase to high levels. Always use caution when building campfires and do so only by following current rules and regulations. Temporary fire restrictions or area closures may be in place during increased wildland fire activity. Check with the Backcountry Office for the most up to date fire restrictions and area closures.
Last updated: March 12, 2018