Crater Lake - Park Headquarters to the Rim on the Raven Trail 3-28-18

Five of us decided to complete the Crater Lake hike from the lower ranger station up to the ridge, a distance of only 1.5 miles, but up 650 feet of vertical. It was a perfect day for snowshoeing as we headed up an already broken trail. Upon making a few left/right decisions in the trail, we ended up reaching the crater more east of the lodge that previous years. It turned out we were on the Garfield Peak trail. We continued east along the ridge until the trail headed up the backside of Garfield Peak, which was very steep, so we stopped, enjoyed the views and headed west towards the lodge. Lunch was taken sheltered from the wind next to the lodge, in the sun.

Because of our upward path, we ended up completing a loop trail, going down was on different path. At times the trail was so steep, some used their snowshoes as skis. The weather stayed perfect and the company was awesome. Refreshment were taken at Buffalo Wild Wings. All had a good time and we look forward to doing it again next year, but hopefully with some fresh powder snow.

Keeley Kirkendall

Track download: Park Headquarters to Rim 3-28-18.GPX

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