5 Best Things to do at Crater Lake this Fall
By Emily Hunter | 10/07/2022 | National Park, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Adventure, Things to Do, Trails


crater lake, volcanic byway, scenery, lakes in Oregon, travel Medford, escape, adventureWith sheer cliffs almost two thousand feet high, Crater Lake is the ultimate destination to explore this fall. With a remarkable, volcanic past and several thrilling things to do around the park - give your family the experience of a lifetime this season. 

Fall is the perfect time to visit this natural beauty, with mild temperatures and stunning gold hues surrounding the deep, crystal blue lake. The light-jacket sweater weather is also perfect for hiking, biking, sightseeing and more

There’s so much to do and see at Crater Lake, especially during the picturesque autumn season. These are only a few ideas to kick off your Crater Lake adventure. Try them all, or forge your own path!

biking, crater lake, lakes, travel medford, family fun, adventureCrater Lake’s scenic Rim Drive is 33 miles long and circles the caldera’s rim. There are 30 different pullouts along the trail, each with incredible, unique views of the lake and its two islands. Grab your bike or pack up the car with your camera ready - because breathtaking views await you at every turn. Exploring the beauty of the rim could take up to a full day, so pack a picnic and enjoy the unbelievable, natural beauty of Crater Lake.

The National Park also hosts their Ride the Rim event, closing off East Rim Drive to vehicles so that bikers and hikers alike can have the road to themselves.  A shuttle is provided throughout the event to all pedestrians that do not want to complete the West Rim section, which remains open to vehicles. This event is free with normal park entrance fees, so mark your calendar for next September!

If you have a little that's between 6 and 12, ask for a Junior Ranger Activity Book at the visitors center or fee booth. The books are free of charge, and provide exciting activities to do. Get your kiddos involved in the adventure, and watch their faces light up as they earn their badge! Junior Ranger photo courtesy of Crater Lake NPS.

Junior Rangers at Crater Lake National Park, Photo courtesy of Crater Lake NPS

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Take crater lake, scenery, lakes in Oregon, travel Medford, escape, adventure, crater lake national parkyourself on a self-guided, magical tour of the historic Rim Village. The structure and layout of the village is truly a little marvel of its own, with three observation bays, the native stone parapet wall and art-influenced architectural design. Each building in the village was crafted to follow the flow of nature around them, and many features were constructed with native boulders and logs.

At the southern tip of the park, Ponderosa Picnic Area has crater lake, scenery, lakes in Oregon, travel Medford, escape, adventure, crater lake national park, trees, forest, adventure, hikingthe highest diversity of plant species and densest collection of Ponderosa pines. Get the best views of fall’s colorful trees, and take advantage of its orientation in the park. Ponderosa Picnic area is one of the first places where wildflowers bloom, and the best place to take in the fall foliage while snacking on a packed picnic snack.

In addition to the many hiking trails and marvelous overlooks - Crater Lake National Park, trees, forest, hiking, hikes, vidae falls, waterfalls in medford, oregonthere are two waterfalls at Crater Lake. One is perched along Rim Drive, and the second accessible by trail.

Plaikni Falls in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA, things to do, rim spots at crater lake, outdoor adventure, favorite trailsVidae Falls is a 100-foot waterfall that drops over a group of rocky ledges. Located 3.1 miles east of the Park Headquarters on East Rim Drive, the falls cascade down the caldera in a graceful, lovely fashion.

Plaikni Falls is situated on a 2 mile, out-an-back trail. Take the East Rim Drive to the Phantom Ship Overlook; you will find the trailhead another mile south on Pinnacles Road. The fall is gorgeous as it powerfully streams over the ledge and slides its way through a rock stream. 

Experience the glorious glow of autumn at one of the most unforgettable locations in Oregon. Crater Lake is a true marvel of beauty, and the activities and experiences you can do throughout autumn create a truly unforgettable trip!

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