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“Take your time, drive clockwise”
Review of Rim Drive

Rim Drive
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Owner description: Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since areas of it are one-way.
Reviewed October 12, 2012

The road is full of turn-offs on the lake side, so driving clockwise means you can pull over without crossing traffic. And most of the stops and hikes have unique and amazing views, depending on the time of day. There are a lot of very narrow, curvy bits with steep drop-offs and plenty of deer out near dusk, so drive carefully. And if you're staying in the park, get up early for sunrise or stay up late for moonrise.

5  Thank JoeTPortland
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

I am from the east coast and normally hangout on the Appalachian Trail for the unique opportunities it offers, but this was a wonderful change of pace. Staying in Bend, Oregon it was a long drive and did not allow enough time to enjoy as I would have liked. Plan on arranging for a minimum stay of 6 hours and more if possible to drive the 33 miles around. Take lots of time at each viewpoint and extra time to use the several trails. I will return here with other family members.

2  Thank travelnduck
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Make sure that you have enough time to drive around the rim and check out each viewpoint. They are each unique.

1  Thank Kim L
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

The drive around the rim is well worth it. You can see Crater Lake from several different points, therefore, enriching your experience of this natural beauty.

1  Thank PhotoJAC
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

When the snow is cleared off the highway and cars can negotiate the road again, there is nothing that compares with the drive around Crater Lake. Bring Your best camera and binoculars. Take Your time. The lake is unforgettable!

1  Thank tuc7k
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