The Roads of Crater Lake

Crater Lake has entrance roads approaching it from the west, north, and south. All of these lead to Rim Drive, a 32.4 mile loop road around the lake. Countless pulloffs and developed viewpoints allow nearly constant opportunity to again convince yourself that the lake is, in fact, real. Rim Drive is closed for most of the year due to an incredible level of snowfall. It is only reliably open from July to September, although depending on the year, that range may not hold. When we visited on July 5, 2006, half of the drive was still closed. In 2007, it opened much earlier.

Crater Lake National Park Scenic Drives Locator Map
(click map to open very large locator map of the sections below)


Sun Notch Viewpoint in Crater Lake National Park

Rim Drive Part 1

Color
Red
Start
Mile 0 - South Entrance Road
End
Mile 8.3 - Pinnacles Road
Cleetwood Cove in Crater Lake National Park

Rim Drive Part 2

Color
Blue
Start
Mile 8.4 - Pinnacles Road
End
Mile 23.5 - North Entrance Road
Discovery Point in Crater Lake National Park

Rim Drive Part 3

Color
Yellow
Start
Mile 23.6 - North Entrance Road
End
Mile 32.4 - South Entrance Road


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