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Crater Lake/Lassen, or Coastal Oregon/CA in late June?

California
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Crater Lake/Lassen, or Coastal Oregon/CA in late June?

Hi. I am planning to travel from WA to northern CA in late June and trying to decide between two different routes: inland via Mount Hood-Bend-Crater Lake NP-Lassen Volcanic NP, or along the Oregon and CA coast via Highway 101 for coastal scenery. I live in the San Francisco area and have seen plenty of redwoods. Which route should I take for late June (6/23-25)? Will Crater Lake NP still be icy and snowy - and likewise for Lassen Volcanic NP?

Oregon
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for Newport, Depoe Bay
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1. Re: Crater Lake/Lassen, or Coastal Oregon/CA in late June?

Never can tell when n entrance to Crater Lake will be open. We were there June 18 or so this past year and it was opened that day. so your dates might work there. and maybe not. Can't remember Lassen but think it opens sooner than n entr Crater Lake.

May still be some closures on C Oreg Cascades, but much will be open, then Oreg coast for sure will be open

Oregon Coast
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for Crescent City, Oregon Coast, Oregon, Redwood National Park
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2. Re: Crater Lake/Lassen, or Coastal Oregon/CA in late June?

The coast will still most likely have rain, whereas your inland route *might* have snow, but probably not other than the very high elevations such as Crater Lake itself. High desert weather is often very pleasant in June - at least it has been the numerous times I've been over there! You could still visit CL using the south entrance although it's not as convenient.

Redwoods are only a small part of the coast but if you are familiar with the N Calif coastline you might like the different scenery of the mountains and high desert. The gorge is unique and interesting, and the Bend area has some great natural attractions.

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Edit:

This is a handy webcam for Crater Lake. Looks like snow today :-)

craterlakelodges.com/press-room-247056252-81…

Edited: 3:37 pm, February 05, 2013
California
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3. Re: Crater Lake/Lassen, or Coastal Oregon/CA in late June?

Thank you. Inland route it will be then!

4. Re: Crater Lake/Lassen, or Coastal Oregon/CA in late June?

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