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A July 2012 trip to Crater Lake National Park by rufusni

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Quote: Crater Lake National Park for a few days and on to Oregon Caves

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Attraction | "Crater Lake -Stunning"

Crater Lake Photo, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
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I stopped at the Steel Visitors Centre which is before you get to the rim coming in from the south. There are limited exhibits here but I watched two films - one on snowploughing and the second on the history of the park. The snowploughing one is still quite relevant even at the beginning of July, as it takes four months to snowplough and clear all the roads in the park, so even now part of the rim drive is still closed, and there is plenty of snow in places. The other film told the history, Crater Lake was formed by the eruption of a volcano, Mount Mazama which is part of the Cascade range including Mt Saint Helens, Mount Shasta, Mt Rainier. But the eruption here caused a collapse of the moun...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2012

Crater Lake
OR 62 & 138
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon 97604
(541) 594-3000

Oregon Caves National Monument

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Attraction | "Windy road and caves"

Oregon Caves National Monument Photo, Cave Junction, Oregon
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I turned off in Cave Junction and at first the road is deceiving straight but that is before you get to the climbing up the mountain which is a narrow road and very twisty, which takes a bit of concentration - I wish I had stopped for coffee in Cave Junction before I drove up as I had been driving for a while already.Got up to the car park - here there are rangers to explain that there are regulations for going into the caves - no bags, making sure you take warm clothes and suitable footwear and that you haven't been in any caves recently so you don't spread a bat disease, or bring any food.Its a short walk to the main visitors centre. You have to go and book on a tour. If you ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2012

Oregon Caves National Monument
19000 Caves Highway
Cave Junction, Oregon 97523
(541) 592-2100

Crater Lake -Stunning

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Early morning on Cleetwood Trail Photo, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
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I stopped at the Steel Visitors Centre which is before you get to the rim coming in from the south. There are limited exhibits here but I watched two films - one on snowploughing and the second on the history of the park. The snowploughing one is still quite relevant even at the beginning of July, as it takes four months to snowplough and clear all the roads in the park, so even now part of the rim drive is still closed, and there is plenty of snow in places. The other film told the history, Crater Lake was formed by the eruption of a volcano, Mount Mazama which is part of the Cascade range including Mt Saint Helens, Mount Shasta, Mt Rainier. But the eruption here caused a collapse of the moun...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2012

Mazama Village Motor Inn

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Hotel | "Okay for staying in the Park"

Mazama Village Motor Inn Photo, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
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I had hoped to get a reservation in the Lodge overlooking Crater Lake but it was booked long in advance, so I had to go with a room at the motor lodge which is Mazama Village which is 7 miles away from the lake, rather than stay outside the park. I arrived at Mazama Village which consists of a restaurant/gift shop, a shop and cabins and camp ground. I pulled up in the parking lot and went to check in which was reasonable straight forward and followed the directions to the cabin.The motor lodge consists of I think 8 four-united cabins - but there are arranged in two rows, so don't be expecting isolation. I moved the car and parked in front the unit and brought in my case. The ro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 14, 2012

Mazama Village Motor Inn
Mazama Village Complex
Crater Lake, Oregon 97604
(541) 830-8700

Beckie's Cafe at Union Creek

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Restaurant | "Too much breakfast "

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I left Crater Lake National Park in the morning. I had originally intended to have breakfast in the hotel but I was up so early they weren't serving and so I went for an early morning hike with some muesli bars instead. I had heard of Beckies from someone who recommended it, and by the time I hit Union Creek on Highway 62 I was really hungry.So I parked the car. Beckies is on the side of the road and there is room to park in two small car parks either side of the building. There was a queue of people waiting - the place was really busy. So I took a seat on one of the benches on the covered porch. This place is rustic. Wood cabin style. Sitting waiting I got talking to two guys sitting next...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2012

Beckie's Cafe at Union Creek
56484 Highway 62
Prospect, Oregon 97536-9730
(541) 560-3563

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rufusni

rufusni
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Crater Lake National Park Tips & Stories

Crater Lake -Stunning
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