, 2023-01-06 07:04:44,
In some ways, Oregon is home to two different national parks that just so happen to be in the same place: Crater Lake in summer, and Crater Lake in winter.
“The experience is so different that we often say that it’s really two different parks,” said Marsha McCabe, chief of interpretation at Crater Lake.
That difference, of course, is driven by snow. An exploded volcano with a rim at 7,000 feet, Crater Lake gets 42 feet of annual snowfall, transforming the park into a winter wonderland and wilderness during the year’s coldest months.
In winter, roads become snowshoe and ski routes. The sound of cars is replaced by the quiet crunch of snow. You can camp with a view of Crater Lake’s rim — though only if you’re willing to pitch a tent in the snow. And in general, a trip here requires a lot more planning than during the summer months.
On the latest edition of the Explore Oregon Podcast, we broke down everything you need know about a winter road trip to Crater Lake, including lodging, adventure types and the fun stops you can make on the drive to and from the park, which include hot springs, waterfalls and snowy cabins.
Explore Oregon PodcastCrater Lake winter road trip features snowshoeing, skiing, views
Three types of adventure at Crater Lake
In the winter there are typically three ways people experience Crater Lake — skewing from easy to medium to difficult levels of adventure.
1: The most popular trip in winter, said McCabe, is simply driving to Rim Village, at the…
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