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Old 12-25-2011, 03:05 AM
 
Location: san francisco
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Howdy folks. Newbie here with a question about driving up to Crater Lake in late December. I'm basically planning a road trip whereby we leave SF, CA Monday morning, the day after Xmas, stay in Klamath Falls for the night, book it up to Crater Lake Tuesday morning then head off to Eugene to stay Tuesday night.

I was looking at the "current conditions" nps website and it says this:

Road to Park Headquarters OPEN
Road from Headquarters to Rim OPEN
Highway 62 OPEN
West Rim Drive CLOSED
North Entrance Road CLOSED
East Rim Drive CLOSED
Pinnacles Road CLOSED

If all the rim drives are closed should we even bother driving up there? I mean, i want to check out the lake and how beautiful it is, but will we get to see anything with all those roads closed. Is it worth it drive up there?

Thanks a lot!
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Canyonville
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It is awesome any time. The roads are kept clear to the south entrance. It is a short walk from the parking area to view the lake, but may be slippery from snow & ice. You can snowshoe up there and there is no admission fee in the winter months. Keep in mind that the rim drives likely won't open until May or June. But they may be open partway, which might enable you to see some scenery, like a waterfall or such. Check at the ranger station first to see what's open.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:47 AM
 
Location: san francisco
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ok, will do. thanks a lot!
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Since you're starting from KFalls, you're on track to the south entrance, so you should be able to get up. The roads are pretty clear (I was at Annie Springs day before yesterday and it's snowy but fine). It's gorgeous in the winter, assuming it's not clouded in and snowing, in which case there isn't much to see.

There are some webcams run by the concessions contractor so you can get a peek.

Crater Lake National Park - Webcams (U.S. National Park Service)
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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You will be viewing the lake from one location only. December is great if you have been there before, but you will not be really seeing the lake. June or July is better. (If the snow is cleared by then).
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:36 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Also, keep in mind to get to Eugene you may need to back track to Klamath Falls and loop back around either through Bend up 97, or through Lake of the Woods on 140. Crater Lake Highway is poorly maintained in the winter, and with the North Entrance closed, you have one exit out of the park.
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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Um, 62? It's always open to Medford isn't it? I'd imagine that's a much better bet than the Klamath Falls route.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:30 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Um, 62? It's always open to Medford isn't it? I'd imagine that's a much better bet than the Klamath Falls route.
It gets plowed after the Klamath Falls route through Lake of the Woods does because it's a less used route. So you may have to backtrack if it's snowing hard. Or wait 4-6 hours.

There used to be plows stationed near Prospect, but they were removed a few years ago due to budget cuts.

If it's not snowing and there is nothing in the forecast, I'd go for it in a heart beat. That's a great scenic road and I like it better then Highway 140. Of course if you've got chains and know how to put them on, that's a different story.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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Bring snowshoes, and pack a bag. Be prepared. Have fun! It's beautiful any time of year.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Click on the picture for larger size: APOD: 2012 April 25 - Meteor Over Crater Lake

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