Top 5 Activities in Crater Lake National Park

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The deepest and clearest lake in the country belongs to the wonderful Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.  It's a dormant volcano that has filled with rain water and snow over the years which is why the water is so clear.
My friend Blake showed me a photo of it one day and I said to my wife "That's the next National Park I want to visit." The next summer we were there as part of a trip to Seattle, Portland, and Bend Oregon.
It's about a 4 hour drive from Portland close to the middle of nowhere, though the lovable town of Bend is only 90 minutes or so.
Either way it's a MUST VISIT and today I'm going over the top 5 activities I would recommend to do on your visit!

5. The Cleetwood Cove Trail takes you to the lake! You don't want to miss out on that hike. It's about 1 mile downhill with about 500 feet of elevation loss, which of course you gain back on your way back up!

5. The Cleetwood Cove Trail takes you to the lake! You don't want to miss out on that hike. It's about 1 mile downhill with about 500 feet of elevation loss, which of course you gain back on your way back up!

4. Take a boat ride or a swim out in the lake! We weren't there on a day they did a boat tour but I would highly recommend it to get a different vantage point of this amazing place.

4. Take a boat ride or a swim out in the lake! We weren't there on a day they did a boat tour but I would highly recommend it to get a different vantage point of this amazing place.

Remember...to touch the lake water or take a boat ride you have to hike both down and back up!

Remember...to touch the lake water or take a boat ride you have to hike both down and back up!

3. A night, or at least a meal, at the  Crater Lake Lodge!  It's a beautiful and quaint lodge and is the only in park single room lodging. I recommend spending at least two days and nights to get a glimpse of this park and you should stay within the park.  Either at the lodge or camping/cabins! The wild huckleberries make for amazing treats on the salads or mixed in as ice cream. The lodge, as with most of the park, is best visited b/t June and October. Even in July we encountered TONS of snow!

3. A night, or at least a meal, at the Crater Lake Lodge! It's a beautiful and quaint lodge and is the only in park single room lodging. I recommend spending at least two days and nights to get a glimpse of this park and you should stay within the park.  Either at the lodge or camping/cabins!
The wild huckleberries make for amazing treats on the salads or mixed in as ice cream.
The lodge, as with most of the park, is best visited b/t June and October. Even in July we encountered TONS of snow!

2. Drive the loop and take some hikes! It will be a nice half to full day to drive the whole perimeter of scenic loop of the park.  I hiked Garfield Peak from the lodge and while there was snow on the whole trail in July it was also HOT as you can see from my shirt :). This was about 3.3 miles each way with a final elevation of almost 8,000 feet.  A great day hike but a challenging one.

2. Drive the loop and take some hikes! It will be a nice half to full day to drive the whole perimeter of scenic loop of the park.  I hiked Garfield Peak from the lodge and while there was snow on the whole trail in July it was also HOT as you can see from my shirt :). This was about 3.3 miles each way with a final elevation of almost 8,000 feet.  A great day hike but a challenging one.

1. Conquer the highest point! We hiked Mount Scott at dawn prior to heading to Portland. It was well worth it.  Trail details are on the sign :).

1. Conquer the highest point! We hiked Mount Scott at dawn prior to heading to Portland. It was well worth it.  Trail details are on the sign :).

A little selfie at the top of Mt Scott!

A little selfie at the top of Mt Scott!

Crater Lake National Park is a bit out of the way of most people's tracks but isn't that kinda the point?!
It's one of my 10 favorite National Parks out of the 34 I have visited so far and I highly recommend it.
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