On average, Crater Lake receives 44 feet of snow per year and offers a variety of marked and unmarked trails and breathtaking views perfect for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Snow covered downed trees and saplings and park meadows become a white winter wonderland for snowshoers and skiers. Snowshoe for a short distance or plan a full day along an established trail. First time visitors are advised to follow one of the park’s ski routes. Maps and descriptions of the ski trails are available in Crater Lake National Park’s park newspaper. Snowshoes are available for rent at the Rim Village Gift Shop when the road to Rim Village is open. Skis are not rented or sold in the park.
On winter weekends at 1 p.m., park rangers present free 90-minute ecology walks on snowshoes. Reservations for ranger guided walks or accommodations for school groups, outdoor clubs and other groups of 10 or more people can be made by calling (541)594-3100.
At 7,000 – 8,000ft in elevation, the parks conditions can rapidly change, causing road closures or avalanches, and making trails very deep and sometimes difficult to follow. Be sure to plan your trip accordingly. If you are interested in trekking all the way around the lake, be advised that a backcountry permit is required and those making the trip should be experienced in winter camping, backcountry travel, and avalanche safety.