Sunday, February 20, 2011

NWSFS - Trip to Crater Lake

Posted on behalf on Jeanine Swanson - NWSFS Vice Chair:

NWSFS goes to Crater Lake
Tentative dates:  July 8, 9, & 10
Tentative hotel:  Best Western Plus Mill Creek Inn, Salem, OR

Please RSVP as tentative or definite so that Becky can make hotel and transportation plans. 

It’s an eight hour drive from Seattle to Crater Lake, Oregon so Becky will arrange for a layover in Salem, Oregon which is about mid point.  Becky will work with Best Western Plus Mill Creek Inn in Salem, Oregon for accommodations for our group.  She will also make arrangements for bus or van transport from the hotel to Crater Lake & back to the hotel.   Becky estimates hotel room costs at $100 per night (including a hot breakfast) and transportation costs at $50 & $100 per person.  each.  Room night and transportation costs will be updated on the NWSFS web site. 

  • Friday, July 8th  -  Meet in Salem, Oregon.
  • Saturday AM, July 9th – Board transportation for the 4 hour drive to Crater Lake, Oregon
  • Saturday, July 9th – Explore Crater Lake, visit Mazama Village
  • Saturday PM, July 9th – Board transportation for the 4 hour drive to Salem, Oregon.
  • Sunday AM, July 10th – Leave Salem and meet at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon.
  • Sunday PM, July 10th – Dinner and then return home.

National Park Service, Crater Lake:

Crater Lake Boat Tours - $28 for adult. Tours are given daily from July to mid-September, weather permitting. Reservations can be made for half the tickets for each boat. (Reserved tickets must be picked up  at the Cleetwood Ticket booth before hiking down.) First-come, first-serve tickets are sold at the Cleetwood Cove Trailhead parking area. (PLEASE NOTE: Boat tour access requires hiking 2.2 miles round trip on a strenuous trail!)  

Please check with Xanterra Parks & Resorts for the most current boat tour schedule and reservations. 

Trolley Tours - $25 for adults.  Join a park ranger on a 2-hour tour aboard a historic-styled trolley. Offered daily from July to mid October (weather permitting). Starting at Rim Village a driver will navigate the 33 miles of Rim Drive around Crater Lake including 4 stops. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour or ahead of time from the Crater Lake Trolley or by calling 1-541-882-1896. 

Did You Know?
Crater Lake was formed when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama 7700 years ago caused the mountain to collapse, leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera creating Crater Lake.

At 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the ten deepest lakes in the world

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