New options for this trip.
Santa Andrew will be leading group down to Crater Lake Friday morning. He will be leaving from the Park and Ride at I-5 and highway 34/20 at 7:00 am. Then making a stop in Eugene about 8:00am at the Jacksons Food Store # 551 Park and Ride address: 86623 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97405
A second group will leave Saturday morning as stated in the original plan.
Please post if you will be leaving Friday or Saturday and where you will be car-pooling from. State if you can drive, number of people you can take and from what city.
Another one that "has it all"... A Crater Lake Full Moon Snow Shoe Snow Camp Star Gaze outing.
We'll drive down to Crater Lake Saturday and park at the Rim Village. We'll then snowshoe north to the Watchman and pitch camp. On Saturday & Sunday we can climb to the Watchman lookout tower and do some more snowshoeing around the area. Pack up Sunday late morning and head out.
Originally this was scheduled for a New Moon weekend, but it is now under a Full Moon so I will not haul in my telescope. Bring binoculars tho.
Please note: We will need to watch the weather closely; if heavy snow or wind is forecast I will postpone/cancel the trip. Update: weather looks clear and slightly warm, little wind. A 3-season tent should be just fine.
This is an intermediate outing. Elevation gain is ~500 ft and total distance is 2.5 miles to the Watchman.
Snowshoeing and snow camping. If you haven't snow camped before please see my Snow School (Jan 18) and Intro to Snow Camping (Feb 20) outings.
Drive to Crater Lake. I will most likely take Hwy 58 to Hwy 97, then 422 to 62 to the South Entrance. I believe we have to sign in, then drive to the parking area at the visitor's center. With luck all the roads will be clear.
I'll do carpooling from Albany or Corvallis, with optional pick-up at Albertson's in Springfield. More later.
What You Need
I have posted a list of gear here:
Snowshoes and some other gear can be rented at Peak Sports, REI, Berg's, and I believe either OSU or UO. Not sure about Salem outlets.