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Crater Lake 4-Day Adventure
April 21 - April 24| $800
For those desiring a winter backcountry adventure in a spectacular setting, skiing or snowshoeing around Crater Lake on the unplowed Rim Drive is an unforgettable experience.
Voted by Backpacker Magazine as the “Best Damn Weekend ever”, Crater Lake National Park receives an average of 44 feet of snow annually. During the winter, trails and unplowed roads provide skiers and snowshoers with access to open slopes, dense forests, and breathtaking views, making Crater Lake ideal for both day-trippers and backcountry visitors. Once an active volcano (Mount Mazama), this now-clear deep blue lake is 6 miles across and nearly 600 meters deep at its maximum depth (it’s the deepest lake in the US). With 100 miles of hiking trails there is plenty to explore and discover. Experience the magic of Crater Lake in the winter, only seen by roughly 350 people per season.
This trip is designed for the beginner winter camper looking to acquire the skills needed to plan and execute their own winter expeditions. We will provide: snowshoes, poles, backpack, tent, stove, sleeping pad, and meals. You will need appropriate clothing, shoes, and a winter weight sleeping bag.
DAY ONE: Starting at our office in Troutdale, we will load the van and drive the 5 hours down to a camping location near Crater Lake to prepare for our hike starting the following morning.
DAY TWO: Starting location- Rim Village, West Rim Drive trailhead, travel 6.1 miles to camp near North Junction.
DAY THREE: Leave North Junction, travel 3.8 miles back to the Lightning Springs Trailhead. Camp near Lightning Springs Trailhead.
DAY FOUR: Leave Camp and travel on West Rim Drive trailhead, travel 2.3 miles to the trip starting location at Rim Village. Travel back to Troutdale to conclude trip.