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Crater Lake National Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Beautiful lake which is the centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park.
Reviewed July 26, 2012

Had a wonderfull trip with family to Crater Lake took the Rim ride around the lake it was awesome. Highly recommend it !!! Stayed at the Crater Lake B&B and would also highly recommed it the host ,Janet is so nice !!!

Thank Linda M
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

My husband and I have been to Crater Lake before, and were glad of that, because in our 2 day stay in June we had nary a peek at the lake. It snowed the entire time and the lake was lost in a fog of mist. We still had a wonderful time, and this is a beautiful national park that is well worth a visit. We stayed at the Annie Springs site 7 miles below the rim, in a cabin, and found it spacious and warm. Cabins are managed by Xanterra, contracted to the park service, and they are spare by comfortable: 2 comfortable queen beds, lots of blankets, no TV or phone, but there is a big bathroom and a coffee maker. The interpretive center is good with films about the formation and discovery of Crater Lake and also about the snow plowing of the area, surprisingly interesting.

Thank Terry R
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

National parks are one of the reasons I travel all over the US. I have been to 1/3 of them already and each is unique in it's own way; Crater Lake is no exception. However, unlike some of the other parks, there is not really a lot to do besides look at the lake. Yes, there are hiking trails and The Pinnacles area, and the boat ride, but the main attraction is the lake.

We were there in late July and even though at 7100 ft elevation, it was well into the upper 80's temp on the rim and probably much hotter on the boat ride, which we did not do. The boat ride is at least a 4 hour activity and a very strenuous adventure. It is a mile walk down 700 ft to the lake, followed by a 2 hour boat ride, and then a strenuous mile hike up the same trail. If you are not use to hiking in high elevation and it is hot, it will be very difficult. There is no shade on the trail.

The rim drive goes around the lake and is mixed bag. Most of the year it is not open and when it is, the seasonal part is rough. It does allow different vantage points, but in my opinion, unless there is strong desire to do, most of the experience can had by driving the section from Phantom Ship overlook, past the lodge area to the junction where the north entrance meets the rim drive.

There are National Parks that are what I call "Destination" parks, where you can spend days in them and still not see everything. My opinion is that Crater Lake is not one of these. While it is unique and stunningly beautiful, it's a day trip park. You can get 80% of the experience in hour, 90% in 2-3 h, and 100% in a long day (boat ride, full rim drive). If driving between Medford, OR and Eugene, OR, it is definitely worth the 4+ hour side trip to see.

I would like to maybe come back in winter and see the lake, but won't make a special trip to Oregon to do.

My review is not meant to be negative. Crater Lake is absolutely beautiful and unique and shouldn't be missed. I just don't think you need to spend multiple days to get the experience.

4  Thank 50StatesBy50
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Beautiful views at every turn; patches of snow on the ground (a plus if you live where it''s 100+ degrees in the summer); not ridiculously crowded like some of the "bigger" national parks like Yosemite or Yellowstone. Take your camera and a jacket!

1  Thank ReadLit247
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Be awed by the magnificence and tranquility of this pristine crater lake and its surrounding mountains, flowing waterfalls, hiking trails...!

- Please DO Skip all this, Just Go Visit!

- In July, my wife and I took a 2week-long driving trip along the Oregon Hwy101, starting from Oakland, and reaching the gorgeous, mesmerizing Crater Lake as our ultimate destination, before returning. We spent two glorious days there (NOT enough!), walking around the scenic area by the main lodge, visiting the lower Overlook Point, where we had a closer look of the lake and learned a lot from the ranger's informative, interesting talk about the lake. - We also drove along the beautiful rim shoreline, making numerous scenic stops to enjoy the beauty of the lake from different vantage points; its surrounding mountains, waterfalls, e.g., the gigantic Vidae Waterfall! There are many enjoyable hiking trails of different ability levels, too.

- Even though we knew darn well that pictures really cannot do justice to the magnificent, natural beauty, we still could not help ourselves but taking countless pics of the lake, almost at every 10 yards!

In mid-July, there was still snow blocking some sections of the shoreline rim drive, even though the air temperature was in high 70s! We did manage to cover most of the accessible East and West Rim.

- Wish we were able to stay longer to enjoy Crater Lake, but almost all lodging within 60min drive were booked solid! Fortunately, we were able to book 3 nights at the Running-Y Golf Resort (Holiday Inn) in Klamath Fall, some 45min drive away! By the way, that place is a gorgeous, relaxing resort, quite popular for fishing, too, besides golf!

- In this trip, we were not able to book the most popular boat ride, however, much to our disappointment. Well, maybe next time!

- In our 2 week long driving trip, we saw quite a few memorable, beautiful places, but none could compare the magnificence of the Crater Lake! We'll be back for more!

Peterskis, July 2012

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