Day 1 - 1 May 2019
Content: We flew into Medford and rented a car at the airport. It’s about 75 miles from Medford Airport to Crater Lake National Park. We flew into Medford and rented a car at the airport. It’s about 75 miles from Medford Airport to Crater Lake National Park.
Day 1 - 1 May 2019
Content: A great way to start your trip is a descent to the caldera. There’s only one trail that leads to the water: the Cleetwood Clove Trail, on the northern side of the crater. The road down obviously isn’t much of a problem, but going up again might be a little tough on the legs :).
Content: Although Wizard Island can be seen from numerous viewpoints around the rim of Crater Lake, we highly recommend a visit to Wizard Island for a hike with truly unforgettable views from atop the summit!
Content: It has meals for around $15,- USD, a fireplace and a lovely terrace right on the edge where you can chill out in the sun. Perfect in case you need a well-deserved break between it all.
Content: I really loved the trail towards the Plaikni Falls. It’s flat and during the late hours of the day you can enjoy the beautiful light that shines through the leaves.
Content: Obviously, the best side to see the sunset at Crater Lake would be at the eastern ridge. We drove to several lookouts and I think Cloudcap Overlook is the best spot to enjoy the orange and rosy colours at the end of the day.
Content: One of the best place I have stayed. The views of Craterlake is awesome. Watching sunrise at the lake from room is different experience
Day 2 - 2 May 2019
Content: Our second day begins from the north entrance of the park and an area called the Pumice Desert. Like most people, we knew that Crater Lake formed from the collapse of an ancient volcano. What we didn’t know was that when Mount Mazama collapsed, it sent a massive pumice and ash cloud miles into the air, covering the area completely.
Content: After setting up our tent in Mazama Campground, we headed back up Crater Rim Drive to a ranger-led evening hike. The National Park Services offers sunset hikes up The Watchman Trail most evenings during the summer months. The hike was short (about 1 1/2 hours), climbing up some moderate switchbacks to the Watchman Fire Tower. The tower was under construction for the season, but the view of the lake and sunset from the viewing platform were outstanding.
Day 3 - 3 May 2019
Content: The Lady of the Woods trail is named for a large carving in one of the boulders near the trailhead. A park visitor carved the sculpture in 1917 on a two-week vacation. The hike starts and ends at the Visitor’s Center parking area. While waiting out the fog, we stopped in the bookstore to watch the park film, collect our passport stamps and talk with a ranger about the rest of our stops for the day.
Content: After finishing up the drive, we said good-bye to Crater Lake National Park. We left out the south entrance towards Oregon Caves National Monument.