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Rim Drive leads 33 miles around Crater Lake. It is split into two sections: West and East. West Rim Drive consists of the portion of the roadway from North Junction to the Steel Information Center. West Rim Drive usually opens in mid-June and closes with the first substantial snowstorm.
East Rim Drive is substantially longer and more windy than West Rim Drive. It leaves the lake side several times to navigate around various landmarks. Along the southeastern side of the lake the roadway rounds Cloudcap, Dutton Ridge and Vidae Ridge, which removes it from the lakeshore for most of the distance. East Rim Drive opens approximately one month after West Rim Drive, usually in mid-July.
Directions: From Annie Spring Entrance Station: Drive northward into the park 4 miles to Rim Drive.From North Entrance Station: Drive southward into the park approximately 8.5 miles to Rim Drive.
Seasonal Access: Normally Open: Mid-July-Mid-September (The entire 33 miles of Rim Drive is usually open by July 15. West Rim Drive may open, up to one month earlier than East Rim Drive. If entering the park in the early summer months use the southern entrance.)
Facility Type: Scenic Drive
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While the exquisite beauty of Crater Lake lands it on many must-see lists, I’ve always imagined a winter when an average 44 feet of snow covers the rim road, closes the north entrance and thins the crowds. We plotted a three-day clockwise course…