Hike #35: Cleetwood Cove, Crater Lake

Hike #35: Cleetwood Cove, Crater Lake
September 5, 2015
Mileage: 2.2 roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 700 ft

I love road trips. Open roads, lots of good music and food, and amazing sights. Eric and I took off to Oregon for Labor Day weekend and had a marvelous time.

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We drove all the way from Seattle to Crater Lake on Friday, and spent the night at Broken Arrow Campground outside the park.

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In the morning we headed into the park to find that it had snowed. More icy on the trees, just a dusting on the ground. Lots of cold, clean air that allowed us wonderful views of the lake in the early morning sun.

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By midmorning it was melting off quickly, and we drove to the east rim to the Cleetwood Cove trail, the only path down to the water’s edge. It was a short trail, not too steep, although the high altitude (~7,000 ft depending on where you are) left me a bit out of breath on the way back up.

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The water was so clear and so blue. We put our feet in and watched some people swim, though we weren’t prepared enough for that.

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After the trail we left the park and headed northward and eastward to continue our Oregon road trip adventure.

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2 thoughts on “Hike #35: Cleetwood Cove, Crater Lake

  1. Snow?!? Shoot! And here I am hoping it gets down below 70 at night 🙂 Beautiful hike, though! I think the Smithsonian Channel does that Aerial America show, and they showed Crater Lake on the Oregon episode. Damn, that place looks gorgeous!

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