Visit Crater Lake Nat’l Park for Summer Excursions

It may be August already (!!!), but there’s still plenty of time left to get out and enjoy summer. If you’re looking for an (almost) end-of-season outdoor adventure, look no further than Crater Lake National Park. With over 183,000 acres to explore, there’s sure to be something fun for everyone.

Towering Mountains, Deep Waters

One of the best bets at Crater Lake is a hike up Mount Scott. Though its summit is the highest point in the park, at nearly 9,000 feet, the climb to the peak is a fairly easy one. Via the trail, hikers climb only 1,245 feet over 2.2 miles (one way). The view from the top is truly spectacular.

Another option: take a swim. It’s called Crater Lake National Park, after all, so why not enjoy the lake itself? The shimmering blue waters of America’s deepest lake are generally quite cold year round, but that makes taking a dip on a hot summer day even better. Follow the Cleetwood Cove Trail on a 1.1 mile hike to the shoreline and dive in to cool off.

Crater Lake National Park Photo credit: Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Crater Lake National Park
Photo credit: Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Island & The Lodge

Wizard Island, at the center of Crater Lake, provides some amazing views of the Park in all its glory. A quick hike to the top of the cone-shaped island will let you see remnants of the volcano that formed the park’s unique landscape. The best way to reach the island is via boat tour, which leaves from and returns to Cleetwood Cove twice a day. Tickets may seem a little spendy at first, but the view and the experience make it worth every penny.

For those looking for a little relaxation than exertion, Crater Lake Lodge is just the place. Situated high up Garfield Peak, the Lodge looks much the same as it did when it was first built nearly a century ago. Dinner isn’t cheap, but the menu and the libations are truly first rate, and the view of Crater Lake itself is not to be missed.