Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake, Oregon
November 27, 2008
Crater Lake National Park is pleased to announce that our popular ranger-guided snowshoe walks are about to resume for the 2008-2009 winter season. The walks will start on Saturday, November 29, and will be offered every weekend through April of 2009.
Crater Lake National Park is one of the snowiest inhabited places in America , receiving an average of 44 feet of snow per year. Ranger-led snowshoe walks are a fun way to explore the park’s winter wonderland while learning how plants, animals, and Crater Lake itself are shaped by the forces of winter.
The walks are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. They last approximately 90 minutes. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, or visitors may bring their own. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. There is no cost for the tour, and the park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter months.
The walks take place at an elevation of 7,100 feet. They cover approximately 1 mile of moderately strenuous terrain, through forests and meadows and along the crater’s rim. 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 recommended. 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. School groups, outdoor clubs, and other groups of 10 or more people can arrange for a special snowshoe walk by calling 541-594-3093. Group tours are available on weekdays and on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Crater Lake National Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day. The park’s west and south entrances are plowed and open to automobiles throughout the winter, along with the road to Rim Village. The Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The park offers many miles of trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers.