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Crater Lake a wash...

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Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16966
Location: Portland, OR

9/23/13 10:50 AM

Crater Lake a wash...

Forecast for partly sunny and almost 60^... Well the MTNs had a different idea. Mid 30s and sleeting and raining. Viability about 150-200' at best, less at times.
The minimum distance of 504' from the rim to the lake, well do the math. There may be a lake there, but we did not get to see it. The Tandem did not make it out of the car unfortunately, or fortunately depending on ones view. ;)

Last hour plus below the MTN weather was some nice terrain and views that where just beautiful. We shopped and ate, sat by a huge fireplace reading @ the Rim Lodge, and set back for home.

At the bottom of the MTN on the return, we saw the most vivid rainbow with the deepest colors I have ever seen in my life. It went from horizon to horizon as well, unreal almost. Then back under clouds and rain for most of the trip home...

All in all, Elaine especially enjoyed the day relaxing and reading, shopping a little... ;)

Me, I'd wanted rubber down. ;) And to see the lake would have been nice.

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Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 1937
Location: Glastonbury, Ct

9/23/13 3:04 PM

You'll get there another time. It's a pretty surreal sight under a clear sky.

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Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 2961
Location: Midland, MI

9/23/13 6:51 PM


We've visited Crater Lake twice. Our first trip was mid-June and just about the conditions you describe (a little warmer, no sleet, but pea soup fog). The snow banks along the north rim road were over 6 feet high and needless to say you could only go a little way east before the road was blocked with snow. We actually did get to see the lake "when the clouds parted" for a few minutes. The drive down on the west side of the lake was white-knuckle because the fog was so thick you couldn't see oncoming car headlights until the last minute.

Our second visit was in July on a beautiful sunny day and we had gorgeous lake views. Road was still closed with snow so we never did get to try the ride around the lake.

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Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16966
Location: Portland, OR

9/23/13 8:08 PM

The drop off on both side of the roadway are.... Well, let me put it this way: you go off/over, your are done, done and done! And at the edge of the pavement is down in most places, right at the edge. No guard rail, no stones, curb, nada nothing...

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