Crater Lake National Park

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  • Krista H.
    "cliff into the lake"(3 Tips)
    CNN
    "Cleetwood Cove Trail"(2 Tips)
    Lucy F.
    "Get to the sunset ranger hike on watchman trail by 6:45."(11 Tips)
    Emily M.
    "Don't miss rim trail or decent to lake."(2 Tips)
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  • CNN
    CNNMay 4, 2015
    There's only one safe and legal way to get to the icy lake: Cleetwood Cove Trail, a 1.1-mile (one-way) trail that usually opens in June and drops nearly 700 feet to the lake shore. Read more
  • Mary S.
    Mary SSeptember 1, 2015
    One of the most beautiful places I've ever been. They allow backpack camping and have multiple trails throughout.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CarterDecember 10, 2012
    Pack a lunch; not only will you save A LOT of money over the lodge, but you will be guaranteed to have exactly what you want. Cram it in a backpack, take a hike and have a picnic with GORGEOUS views.
  • Justine💫
    Justine💫June 1, 2013
    Pics are amazing but still don't do justice to actually standing on the rim & gazing out across the caldera but they make for great memories, Lake is absolutely gorgeous whatever time of year you go
  • Amy J.
    Amy Johnson CookSeptember 12, 2014
    Rim trail has stellar views and photo ops with far less crowds than pull offs. Get out and hike for a bit, you won't regret it. Also the PCT section in the park is breathtaking.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CarterDecember 10, 2012
    It may seem like a lot of money to get in, but if you think you will come back, buy the year pass- it's worth it because you will save money that way & you can bring friends too!
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerAugust 4, 2016
    At 1,943 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S., and one of its most stunning. There are no streams or rivers feeding it—the lake is the product of pure glacial runoff and precipitation. Read more
  • Krista H.
    Krista HaithSeptember 29, 2012
    Do the hike down to the boat dock, bring a swimsuit, round the corner up to the restrooms, and jump off the cliff into the lake below! (Beware of the bees in the parking lot!!)
  • Gregory Trevor R.
    Gregory Trevor RiceMarch 26, 2013
    During winter the rangers offer a free guided snow shoe tour (snow shoes provided free) call in advance to reserve a space. Waterproof clothes and shoes highly recommended.
  • Lucy F.
    Lucy FAugust 4, 2013
    Get there by 4pm at latest. Hike down to boat launch and cliff jump. Get to the sunset ranger hike on watchman trail by 6:45. Amazing.
  • Zach T.
    Zach ThomasAugust 8, 2014
    You can jump in at the end of the trail that goes to the tourist boats, water is very cold, but don't let it stop you
  • Craig B.
    Craig BradfordAugust 12, 2013
    You must hike down and swim, jump in! Exhilarating! Definitely makes the hike up cooler too. Slow and steady gets you to the top!
  • Ben G.
    Ben GAugust 13, 2014
    If warm weather, you must go down the Cleetwood trail and take a dip in the lake. The water feels as amazing as it looks.
  • Sara T.
    Sara TuckerAugust 23, 2013
    What a beautiful place! You can catch a trolley around the lake or a boat to go into the crater. Bring food for the chipmunk-looking squirrels!
  • Shiloh B.
    Shiloh BlancoSeptember 8, 2015
    For one, it's THE most beautiful place in the state and pictures do not do it justice. It's chilly up there, so bring a coat of some sort.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SSeptember 1, 2015
    Amazing spot. Great hikes. The lake is huge and very clear and deep.
  • Enrique G.
    Enrique Gutiérrez ArzateNovember 23, 2016
    It's beautiful. Was covered in snow, though. I'll return when it's clear
  • Weston S.
    Weston ShireyAugust 9, 2014
    Breathtaking park. Head down Cleetwood Cove for a dip it will take your breath away.
  • megan g.
    megan geeMay 20, 2014
    Time it well! It's beautiful year round but even late spring you can't get to many places without a snow plough.
  • ollka
    ollkaAugust 13, 2014
    The lake is very-very beautiful! Never seen such deep blue color. Worth it!
  • Roberto A.
    Roberto AcevedoMay 11, 2013
    Check the weather conditions before visiting so you don't waste your money and gas. http://www.nps.gov/crla/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm
  • Ashwin K.
    Ashwin KumarAugust 1, 2016
    Mind blowing views. Must try cliff diving.
  • Stefan H.
    Stefan HolodnickJuly 3, 2010
    Incredible park! It's hard to believe the size of volcano it was formed from. I would definitely recommend this for shutterbugs.
  • Jay M.
    Jay MalleryJune 16, 2013
    Nice place! But bring the bug spray... the mosquitoes will have you for dinner!
  • 💕Linds💕
    💕Linds💕July 8, 2016
    BEAUTIFUL! An awe inspiring view of a national wonder.
  • Lena K.
    Lena KiddAugust 10, 2014
    Bring a jacket --- could be windy and chilly even in the summer.
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LehmanApril 26, 2010
    The snow-pack is still about 10ft along the road up, but there are still some really nice areas to view further up towards the lodge. Picked up some Marion-Berry Honey to try at the gift shop Read more
  • Mary S.
    Mary SOctober 9, 2015
    One of the most beautiful national parks I've ever visited. The drive in alone is magical.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 24, 2011
    Once believed bottomless by Oregon’s first settlers, subsequent investigations have determined Crater Lake to be America’s deepest with a maximum depth of 1943 feet. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Pelin G.
    A very magical place, though try to avoid the crowd
  • Melina G.
    Melina GunnettSeptember 26, 2012
    Early mornings and evenings are the best time for pictures.
  • TravelOregon
    TravelOregonAugust 19, 2010
    Our friends at Discover Klamath tell us how they love to load up the family and the cooler to picnic at the deepest lake in the nation!
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChiuJuly 4, 2016
    Hiking. All of it. Especially down to the lakeshore
  • Elena K.
    Elena KhabibovaJune 11, 2014
    Entry fee is 5$ per person, self-registration
  • Nathan V.
    Nathan VassalloSeptember 1, 2013
    Summer is a nice time to go but winter is more amazing.
  • Lynda C.
    Lynda ClarkOctober 2, 2016
    Just simply beautiful!
  • Raja H.
    Raja HAugust 10, 2014
    Wake up past midnight to see the sky filled with stars. Absolutely worth it
  • Eric J.
    Eric JohnsonDecember 4, 2013
    The north entrance is closed in the winter.
  • Bashair
    BashairAugust 10, 2014
    Amazing place 😍
  • Emily M.
    Emily MannJune 26, 2013
    Don't miss rim trail or decent to lake.
  • Omkar K.
    Omkar KurodeMarch 28, 2016
    Use polariser on the lens to get great colors.
  • Sulaiman
    SulaimanMay 14, 2015
    Lovely place
  • Antonello L.
    Antonello LoddoJuly 24, 2016
    I wish you could rent snowshoes. Giuded hikes are not everyday.
  • Megs C.
    Megs CeeBeeAugust 5, 2011
    Pack a picnic lunch... Food is EXPENSIVE!!!
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranAugust 16, 2014
    The bluest blue of all the blues.
  • Mangat R.
    Mangat RaiOctober 12, 2015
    Breath taking view of crater lake.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RenzJuly 9, 2013
    Truly amazing.
  • Mukund R.
    Mukund RaoJune 4, 2016
    Awestruck.
  • National Wildlife Federation
    Wildlife watch for Ground Squirrel Read more
  • Danica M.
    Danica MercerMay 9, 2011
    Take a picture on the rim!
  • Petra K.
    Petra KnappAugust 27, 2012
    Go on windless days.
  • ♡.◎°★Kandace★°◎.♡
    Water & Trees
  • Robert U.
    Robert UhodaApril 18, 2011
    Amazing. Clean air!
  • Oregon Attractions
    Oregon AttractionsNovember 8, 2011
    Plan some hiking trips for the summer. Read more
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