Crater Lake East Entrance

Bend, Oregon

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Crater Lake National Park in southwest Oregon. Tread: The first .25 mile is gravel. The rest is paved, but if traveled early in the summer, portions will be snow covered. Hazards: the sandy slopes above Pinnacle Valley and on the rim of Crater Lake are very unstable, stay back from the edge. The return descent on the empty road was steep enough to be exhilarating without being frightening. Because I did this ride early in the season, I had to walk across intermittent snowdrifts to reach the rim. Coming back down I was able to ride on top of many of the drifts. This is a long climb at high altitude and can be strenuous if aggressively ridden, but the moderate grade is easy if taken slowly. It is suitable for beginning riders.

Crater Lake: East Entrance Professional Review and Guide

"Crater Lake National Park in southwest Oregon. Tread: The first .25 mile is gravel. The rest is paved, but if traveled early in the summer, portions will be snow covered. Hazards: the sandy slopes above Pinnacle Valley and on the rim of Crater Lake are very unstable, stay back from the edge.

The return descent on the empty road was steep enough to be exhilarating without being frightening. Because I did this ride early in the season, I had to walk across intermittent snowdrifts to reach the rim. Coming back down I was able to ride on top of many of the drifts. This is a long climb at high altitude and can be strenuous if aggressively ridden, but
the moderate grade is easy if taken slowly. It is suitable for beginning riders."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: June through October. To avoid autos, use this route during the 2-3 week period between the opening of the North Entrance and the opening of the Rim Drive. The Pinnacles Road should be clear to Kerr Notch except for some snowdrifts near the rim. The North Entrance is usually open by Memorial day,
Trailhead Elevation: 5,400 feet
Top Elevation: 6,750 feet
Local Contacts: Crater Lake National Park 541-594-2211
Local Maps: Winema National Forest Recreation map is adequate. USGS: Crater Lake East, Sun Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Crater Lake: East Entrance

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May 2018