Crater Lake Cruise

Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601

Crater Lake Cruise

Crater Lake Cruise Professional Review and Guide

"Crater Lake is a spectacular jewel set in the volcanic caldera (cone) of Mount Mazama in south-central Oregon. The lake water is a deep blue, changing shades as the sun changes its angle in the sky. This ride is extremely exhilarating and challenging. Although only 33 miles in length, the road encircling the rim is a series of steep climbs and descents, sweeping up and down more than 800 feet.

The views are equally outstanding, from Wizard Island to the numerous fascinating geologic formations, including cinder cones and lava flows of various sizes and colors. Terrain: there is a little flat surface on the Rim Drive. Inclines average 5%. Roads are relatively narrow but generally in good repair."

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"There are other rides in America that might reach this level of awe-inspiring scenery— but none of them is a loop around the edge of a surreally blue volcanic lake nearly 2000 feet deep. So, not to state the obvious, but this is one of the prettiest rides you’ll ever experience.

That said, it’s also a bit of a brutal challenge. As the elevation profile reveals, there are really no ?at spots (OK, maybe a short stretch around mile 13, but you get my point)."

"Circle Crater Lake in serenity and grandeur on snowshoes or skis."

"Skiing the unplowed rim road midwinter around the lake is a classic cross-country adventure—one of the premier long routes in the entire West."

Crater Lake Cruise Reviews

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I was recoomended by one of the park rangers to start at the ranger station on the south side of the lake. I did this and was glad I did , as I start with a climb right at the, not at the finish
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This is a very nice ride, I actually did it as the The Crater Lake Rim Ride event, a 100 miler. The ride around the Rim is very scenic with lots of view points to stop for pictures or to take a break. It is pretty hilly but you can break up the longer hills with veiw stops. Take your time, enjoy the veiws and I think most will do just fine.

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Trail Information

Klamath Falls
Nearby City
2,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,200 feet
Top Elevation
Crater Lake National Park 541-594-2211
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Oct 2018