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Crater Lake National Park, OR

It was the July 4th weekend when we drove up to Crater Lake from Redwood National Park. On the way we stopped at Klamath Falls area as the lake looked huge on the map. But, the activities at Klamath Falls seemed limited and we decided to head to Crater straight up.

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Klamath Falls Lake

 

The park seemed crowded and I was not entirely sure on camping situation. However, the park management decided to sell out RV sites for tent campers due to high demand. By the time we got to the campsite register, it was around 2PM. Had we been a bit late, the sites would have sold out as it was a long weekend. For a $29 / night, the stay at Crater campsite was as pleasant as it can be.

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Garfield Peak trail that gains an 1000ft elevation with 1.7mile one way on the rim, considered a difficult hike, leads up to the panoramic view of the lake. The hike was not “difficult” in my opinion. It was a gradual incline and very pleasant 3.5-mile round trip with stunning view.

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Sunset points at the rim were beautiful for sure, but it was freezing with the wind that can blow the camera away, while you are admiring the beauty of the mountain. Be prepared for the wind/cold if you stay for sunset at the vista points.

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Diamond lake that is approximately 25 miles away was celebrating July 4th with fireworks. But, we chose to stay back at campsite. However, on the way out of the area, we stopped at Diamond lake for breakfast with view.

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Swimming seemed very appealing even though the water was cold. But we saw nobody swimming and refrained from taking a plunge.

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Planning Tips:

– A day trip might be enough for the most.

– Hikes at the rim are beautiful and plan to spend 2-3 hours hiking.

– Camp sites are very well maintained and we didn’t pre-book.

– Stop at Diamond lake for a beautiful boat ride or to replenish supplies.