Ski Around Oregon’s Crater Lake
The Rim Drive around Oregon’s Crater Lake is now closed for the winter season, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting the park. From December to April this 34-mile loop reopens as an ungroomed trail for cross-country skiing. Grab a pair of skies in the nearby towns of Klamath Falls, Medford, or Bend, and plan for three days and two nights of natural camping to circumnavigate the caldera. Be sure to ask for a (free) backcountry camping permit at the park headquarters before you set off. Those with less backcountry experience can ski some of the easier trails (such as the 1.7-mile Mazama Loop) or sign up for a snowshoe excursion with park rangers.
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