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Crater Lake National Park is pleased to announce that our popular ranger-led snowshoe walks have resumed for the 2016-17 winter season. The walks started on Saturday, November 26, and will be offered every Saturday and Sunday (and some holidays) through April 30, 2017. Walks will also be offered on weekdays from December 19 through January 2.

Crater Lake is one of the snowiest inhabited places in America, receiving an average of 43 feet of snow per year. Ranger-led snowshoe walks are a fun way to explore this winter wonderland while learning how plants, animals, and people survive the long winter. 

The walks start at 1:00 p.m., last two hours, and cover 1-2 miles of moderately strenuous terrain. They don’t follow a trail—the hike is an off-trail exploration through the forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake.

No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. Participants should be at least 8 years old and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear.

Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are required. For more information and to sign up, call the park’s visitor center at 541-594-3100. The visitor center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except on December 25. Organized groups (such as scout troops, hiking clubs, and church groups) may be able to arrange for a separate tour just for their group. 

Later Event: January 27