Traveling in Oregon
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK
This National Park is located in the Cascades of southwest Oregon. The centerpiece here is Crater Lake, at an elevation of 6,176 feet. It’s six miles across and over 1,500 feet deep. The lake lies in the cal-dera of a collapsed volcano.
Nearby are several mountains, with elevations from under 5,000 feet to over 8,900 feet. Highest point is 8,926-foot Mount Scott. There are old-growth conifer forests of hemlock, fir, and pine. Wildlife includes elk, black bear, coyote, and fox.
Activities: Backpacking and hiking are available on more than 100 miles of trails, including about 25 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (see entry page 244). Most trails are free of snow from July to October.
Unplowed roads in the park are used for crosscountry skiing in winter. Horseback riding is restricted to two trails. Biking is limited to paved roads and one nature trail. Fishing is allowed, but hunting is prohibited.
Camping Regulations: A free permit must be obtained in order to camp in the backcountry here. Permits are available from park headquarters and entrance stations. A self-issuing permit may also be picked up on the Pacific Crest Trail at the place where this trail enters the park. Pets are prohibited.
Campers should use preestablished sites whenever possible, Campsites should be at least one mile from paved roads, away from meadows, and 100 feet or more from trails, water sources, and other campers. Some areas are off limits to camping. Campfires are allowed. Maximum group size is 12.
For Further Information: Crater Lake National Park, P.O. Box 7, Crater Lake, OR 97604; (503)594-2211.