Crater Lake National
Things to do:
Hiking, Camping, Skiing, etc.
Walks - 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 swimming chilly - July 16, 2008
People planning on taking a quick dip in the waters of Crater Lake should be prepared to be chilly. Based on readings
from a buoy in the lake, the temperature is 57.7 degrees.
Exploring the "Other Half" of Our National Parks: Stargazing Under Protected Dark Skies -
June 14th, 2008
The renowned amateur astronomer and telescope maker, John Lowry Dobson, 92, once said, "National Parks are special places where dark skies and curious minds collide." Dobson and the famed
Sidewalk Astronomers have spent three decades taking their home-made telescopes to the national parks to meet park visitors willing to stay out after dark to help them explore the "other half"
of their parks.
Crater Lake: Taking the Plunge -
September 4, 2008
I am never sure which is tougher: Standing on the edge of the rock overlook and building up the nerve to jump, or feeling the body go into shock after jumping off
that 20-foot high ledge and being immersed in Crater Lake’s anything but warm water.
Garfield Peak offers new vantage point to Crater Lake: Hikers can enjoy spectacular views from the top or stops along the way
- August 28, 2008
CRATER LAKE — Familiar views of Crater Lake take on new vantages from the Garfield Peak trail, and that’s part of its allure. It’s 1.7 miles from the trailhead just east of Crater Lake Lodge to the top of the 8,054-foot elevation Garfield, an elevation gain of almost 1,000 feet. While making the top might
be a lofty goal for some, the trip can be shortened by stopping about a quartermile short of the summit at viewpoints that overlook the Phantom Ship.
Crater Lake National Park: Trees, wildflowers, dazzling views on trail to Crater Peak
- August 14, 2008
Most everyone who visits Crater Lake National Park takes at least a peek at the lake. For hikers, there’s another way to take a peak at Crater Lake. Among the park’s lesser hiked trails is one that leads to Crater Peak, a 7,263-foot elevation summit that gets its name from its extinct crater. Crater Peak is located
toward the sound end of the park and can be seen while traveling the East Rim Road.
Plenty of backcountry solitude -
August 14, 2008
The September issue of Backpacker magazine says 2007 statistics show
Crater Lake has only one backcountry user per 127 acres. Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, not known as a haven for hiking or backpacking, is the park with the most solitude,
with one backcountry user per 1,119 acres. In the Western U.S., the only other national park with a better ratio is Great Basin National Park in Nevada, with one user per 184 acres,
giving it the sixth best ratio.
Crater Lake rangers guide free hikes
- February 23rd, 2008
Rangers at Crater Lake National Park will guide free,
one-mile walks through forests and meadows along the
crater's rim from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
through April 27.
Crater Lake offers 90-minute winter tours: Park rangers lead
free treks in park on Saturdays -
January 24, 2008
Park ranger Dave Grimes will
answer these and other questions at 1 p.m. each Saturday, when
he leads a free snowshoeing tour at Crater Lake National Park.
The outings will be offered through April.
Finding Your Winter Wonderland
- December 15, 2007
expect to head out to Moore Park or test favorite neighborhood
hills for sledding, tobagganing and cross-country skiing because
the snow isn't there. More likely, it will be necessary to head
to the Cascade Summit Sno-Park, Lake of the Woods, Fish Lake
and, most dependably, Crater Lake National Park.
of the Rogue - November 01, 2007
This could be your last weekend to see the source of the Rogue
River before the snow flies. If you've never seen thousands of gallons of water
erupting from the middle of a rocky hillside, the trail to Boundary Springs is
worth considering for a sunny autumn day trip. Webmaster's note: Boundary
Springs (the source of the Rogue River) is in the far
northwestern corner of Crater Lake National Park.
Crater Lake offers a compelling glimpse of the changing seasons
- October 04, 2007
If you want an early taste of winter, this is the time to
visit Crater Lake National Park. October brings sudden changes in the weather,
especially in the high country....
See Crater Lake
Panorama From Atop Garfield Peak -
August 10, 2007
One of the best hikes at Crater Lake begins right at the
lodge and winds to the summit of Garfield Peak, a scenic crag that rises
sharply to nearly 8,100 feet just east of the lodge.
Sphagnum Bog a hotbed for botanists -
August 6, 2007
Larry Powers led a group of nine through a section of
bogs recently at Sphagnum Bog, a little-visited, remote research natural area
near the northwest boundary of Crater Lake National Park.
Travelers Find Solace in Sights, Scenery
July 29, 2007
From Crater Lake to the Lava Beds, visitors from all
walks of life come to the Klamath Basin to enjoy the sights and
- June 17, 2007
If you go: From Medford, drive the Crater
Lake Highway (Highway 62) to the West Entrance of Crater Lake
National Park. After paying the $10-per-car entrance fee, turn
right at the first road and continue to the large guest parking
Pacific Crest Trail journey is a repeat performance -
November 28, 2006
So many things could have stopped Scott Williamson on his
record-setting 5,300-mile hike from the Mexican border to Canada
and back on the Pacific Crest Trail, what hikers call yo-yoing
See old-growth, National Creek
Falls on short trail - November 17, 2006
National Creek Falls (No. 1053) is
the perfect destination for a holiday outing with the family. It's not too
far to drive; it's not too far to walk; and the scenery is spectacular, at
least for anyone who likes big trees and waterfalls.
Mount Scott rewards hikers with a
peak experience - September 29, 2006
You don't have to be a mountain climber to tackle Mount Scott. The 10th
highest peak in Oregon has a trail that's so gently graded that anybody who
can walk five miles can most likely reach the summit, and your reward will
be a spectacular view of Crater Lake.
Block Island will be featured on
ABC show - September 22, 2006
Sunday, Good Morning
America is scheduled to air a segment on the island's
success in preserving its open space.
Terry Richard picks Oregon's best mountain hikes -
August 6, 2006
The water of Crater Lake creates two islands. The lake's
fleet of tour boats lands on Wizard Island, allowing
passengers to debark and hike the trial to the summit.
The essence of Oregon summer: visiting Crater Lake -
July 23, 2006
If I had one wish for all Oregonians, it would be to see
Crater Lake. My second wish would be that they spend a night
at the Crater Lake Lodge or at least enjoy a superb meal in
the dining room. Lucky for me, the lodge was the second
night's stop on a 10-day motorcycle trip my husband, Pete,
and I took through Southern and Central Oregon.
Find haven of coolness along Red Blanket Creek -
Red Blanket Creek tumbles out of the Sky Lakes Wilderness and flows west
along the southern boundary of Crater Lake National Park. A trail along the
north bank of the creek passes through stands of Douglas fir and grand fir on
its way to two named waterfalls and several smaller unnamed cascades.
Hike of the Week: enjoy solitude,
panorama on Crater Peak - September 2, 2005
Winter fun at Crater Lake
January 6, 2005
The 500 inches of snow that
falls annually at Crater Lake National Park drives away the
summer crowd, making now the perfect time to enjoy
snowshoeing in the winter solitude.
Two hikes, two views - September 20, 2004
Two distinctly different trails offers views
from the highest and lowest points in Crater Lake National Park
Hike of the week: Mt. Scott gives
view of Crater Lake - September 3, 2004
Most people who visit Oregon’s only national park content
themselves with a view from the rim. More intrepid folks
walk down to the water’s edge to cruise the lake in an
excursion boat. Precious few take the time to march to the
summit of Mount Scott and peer down on the lake.
Using cross country skis or
snowshoes, one can experience Crater Lake's winter
- February 02, 2004
On a snowy, blustery day when the sound of the wind brushing through
trees echoes like a chorus of groans, and when wispy fog offers only
taunting, teasing views of the lake and Wizard Island, Crater Lake
National Park is truly a mystical and mystical place.
Look up - Skies above Crater Lake are clear, too
- September 25, 2003
Owen Hoffman, a former Crater Lake park ranger and member of
the Crater Lake Institute, said Crater Lake and other national parks are
"also major destinations for tourists in general, many of whom have little
knowledge of the night sky.
Snorkeling the deep blue at Crater
Lake - September 22, 2001
Hikers on Wizard Island spot the 'human' seals. Seals in Crater Lake? From atop Wizard Island that's what they looked like, happy seals cavorting in the waters of Fumerole Bay.
Viewing Oregon's Crater Lake on skis and snowshoes -
flurry of wind-driven snow whistled past us as we skied
along the Rim Trail above mist-shrouded Crater Lake. Then
the wind shifted, the curtain of clouds parted, and below us
spread the scene we'd waited to see.
The blue beauty of Crater Lake
- September 11, 1975
Only six lakes in the world are deeper than Crater Lake in Oregon. And Crater
Lake's depth of 1.932 feet makes it the bluest lake you have ever seen.
Poet Penned Vivid Lines On Crater Lake
- February 26, 1965
On the occasion of his second
visit to Crater Lake in 1903, the celebrated poet Joaquin
Miller penned the following lines.
Hundreds of Wild Flowers Bloom in Natural Garden Around Crater
Lake Park - September 8, 1929
is the sixth of a series of articles by three Eastbay Boy Scouts
touring National Parks of eleven western states under the
sponsorship of the National Park Service and The Tribune....
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