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Drive the rim at Crater Lake National Park

It's now possible to drive the 33-mile circumference of Crater Lake.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 4:42 PM
Updated: Jul 11, 2019 4:51 PM

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — On Thursday, park officials announced that the whole 33-mile Rim Drive around Crater Lake was open for the season, as well as most of the facilities and services in the iconic park.

"Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of Crater Lake from many vista points along this scenic drive and escape the heat of lower elevations. Wildflowers are beginning to emerge as the snow continues to melt," Crater Lake National Park said.

The 16-site Lost Creek Campground remains closed for the time being, but officials estimate that Lost Creek would be open for dry camping — with no water or campfires — the following week.

"Most hiking trails in the park are now open, but many still have small patches of snow," park officials said. "Come to the park to enjoy a boat tour, trolley ride or other ranger-led programs."

The Watchman Peak Trail remained covered with snow and would require more melting, possibly shoveling, before it opens for the season.

For more information on trail conditions and park interpretive programs, please call 541-594-3100.

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