Crater Lake Camping Trip

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Camping Trip FAQ

Where is the campground? Look up, the address is there. The campground is run by Xanterra, their website is located at http://www.craterlakelodges.com/ and has maps and directions. Since google doesn't like the address, here's a google map link: Mazama Village Campground

What are our campsites? Campsites are not assigned until you show up and check in. Instructions have been sent out via email.

Can I bring my dog? Dogs are allowed in the campground, but not on any park trails.

What about the boat ride? Due to limited number of tickets, uncertain attendance and cost, we're not really planning a group trip. We also have some conflicting info on what times are open. Those interested can call ahead to reserve a boat ride (I was told 2:30 and 3:30 on saturday have the most availability) or try to purchase tickets when we arrive.

Does the campground have X/Y/Z? the campground website is http://www.craterlakelodges.com/lodging/mazama-village-campground/ or you can call them for any information not listed there. Unfortunately I am not an expert on the campground and have only been there one other time so it is best to direct your questions about amenities or policies to the folks that run the campground. 

What about food? Lou has volunteered to make group breakfasts saturday and sunday morning. I believe Colleen is planning on making a Saturday morning dinner. Everyone should plan on bringing their own lunch foods and possibly dinner for friday night. Yes, there is running water at the campground. There are also several restaurants nearby if you don't want to bother with food at all. 

How many people are coming? I have no idea. Look at the list on the right and your guess is as good as mine. People don't show, people cancel at the last minute, people sign up at the last minute, people show up without signing up. If you really need an accurate headcount I can provide that sometime late on Friday night.

How much room is there for cars? I have no idea. We can probably fit 2-3 cars per spot. As I have already stated it would be best to take as few cars as possible. I can start trying to match these up, will be sending out an email to ask about who needs a ride and who can drive. 

I have a question not otherwise answered? You can email me at chadcf at gmail dot com. Please note that I am getting a ton of chatter about this event so please try to be concise and please make sure you have read everything here before asking.

I've booked two camp sites at Crater Lake for 9/6 - 9/8. These campsites are large so we can probably hold 12 people or so, though technically we're supposed to pay extra for any more than 2 people per site (they've never made us do this before). I don't have site numbers yet but hope to before we leave... 

I anticipate doing the Wizard Island boat tour on 9/7 at 12:30. This tour is $45 a person and includes an informative tour of the lake plus a dropoff at Wizard Island (the volcano within the volcano). It will be entirely optional but those who want to go should make reservations ahead of time. To make a reservation you will need to call them at [masked], they do not take online reservations. I haven't called yet to verify they have availability so we'll see, they tend to be pretty popular...

We'll probably do a hike at one of the surrounding peaks on Sunday for those interested. 

Food wise I'm not sure, at this point given the short timeframe it is probably easiest to just plan on everyone taking care of their own meals. Alternatively if someone wants to volunteer to coordinate a group meal on Saturday night that would be fun. I'm a bit tired recovering from vacation and a cold to think about doing so right now...

If we get more interest someone else is welcome to book another campsite, they only run $21 per night and we could hold a few extra people. Parking is going to be limited to some degree so we should plan on carpooling as much as possible, if you have room in your car please add a comment and we can hopefully coordinate some rides. It is about a 3 hour drive from Eugene...

Note that it can be quite chilly in the evenings this time of year and we'll be at a fairly high elevation. On the plus side most of the mosquitos should be gone!

Please don't sign up unless you really mean it! Less than two weeks away so you should be able to make a firm commitment and not tie up spots that could go to other people. It will be $10 per person for the campsite, if there is any overage I'll chip it in to a snack/smores fund. If we do a group meal bring a few bucks for whoever buys food (may be me if I get ambitious). 

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  • susan t.

    Had the best weekend I can remember. Much due to the kindness support and inspiration of others. Thanks to everyone for making this a memorable trip. Looking forward to another next year.

    September 9, 2013

  • Bill K.

    3 goals: Garfield peak, Mt Scott and can't tell and made them all! What a great get together. Love to do it again next year.

    September 9, 2013

  • BW

    Thanks Chad for setting this up,and Lou and Colleen for all the great FOOD ! !

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Barbara

    I've been waiting a long time to return to Crater Lake and I can't imagine a better weekend. Thanks everyone!

    September 8, 2013

  • Anne

    Chad already has the heads up, but we are going to go down Saturday morning. We plan on going on the 12:30 tour as well and spend Sat night there with everyone. We'll probably bring our own supper, since I'm craving hobos and they are best over a fire! Really excited!

    September 5, 2013

  • Chad

    FYI guys weather looks great this weekend, sunny, highs in the low 80's and lows around 40!

    1 · September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wahoooo!!

      1 · September 5, 2013

  • Chad

    Ok, so I called again and no sites have been assigned, and I called directly to the campground and he told me that they don't assign them ahead of time and we won't find out until we get there since they won't know what sites are available until they see who leaves that morning. I dunno, I give up. So we're back to the original plan, I'll check in around 3 and get the sites. You can try to call, or drive around, and I'll leave a note at the front desk with our info as well (apparently they won't give out information, but if I voluntarily leave it in a note form they will show you that...).

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Ken M.

    I heard the trip was officially full, but that I wouldn't be turned away if I just showed up, so I think I'll do that! I'll get my own site if necessary. I'll probably leave about 1PM Friday if anyone needs a ride. I can fit one other person in my tiny car. I was thinking of stopping at Umpqua hot springs either on the way there or the way back, so whoever rides with me should be up for that. My number is (458) 205-8680. See you there!

    September 4, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Does anybody know what time the 12:30 boat trip gets back to the dock? Or maybe I should ask when folks get back up to the rim?
    Also is 12:30 the time starting at the crater rim or from the boat dock at the bottom?

    September 4, 2013

    • Lou B.

      Bill I'm mostly sure that what ever time listed for a boat ride Is the departure time the boat Is going to leave the dock to start on It's way around , but best to call and find out to make sure.

      September 4, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Barbara and Aaron; thanks for your interest. I'll look forward to meeting you and everyone else. Gonna be great to finally get there after all the anticipation and ("confusion").
    Lou I agree whole heartedly with your feelings why we're going there!
    and thank you in advance for your efforts cooking, etc.

    September 4, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Just in case anyones already packing or forgets it please remember to bring sunscreen and chapstick. There's a bit more UV up there than down here.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Other than night temp sounds near perfect for walking/hiking but I can wear long johns to sleep.

    September 4, 2013

  • Anne

    Dumb question, but what will the temperature be like during the day?

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • Anne

      40 at night at 70 during the day?

      September 4, 2013

  • Bill B

    Unfortunately, I have doggie doodie this weekend, so I can't make it. But I have checked into this campground a few times on Friday at around noon. Usually, people leave earlier than that, and you can find a place then. It's worth trying to check in early. The worst they can do is say no.

    The reservation is for a site, but not a specific site. Depending on the "RV" size you specified when you reserved, they give you a color coded site pass. Then, you drive around and find a site with the same color and grab it. So it's better to start looking at noon if you want sites together. I even found a site with people next door who were leaving, and grabbed that one when they left.

    Mt. Scot is a pretty hard hike, about 5 miles and 1250 feet. Sunset over the lake might be pretty, but the lake views are better in the morning when you're not looking into the sun. More info here:
    http://www.nps.gov/crla/parknews/upload/Crater-Lake-Reflections-Summer-Fall-2013-low-res-v2.pdf

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • Bill B

      This was a few years ago, so they might have changed. Chad just called and says they assign sites now. In any event, they used to let you check in early if the people in the site have left.

      September 4, 2013

  • Chad

    Well folks, I called back and this time was told that they assign campsite numbers 1-2 days ahead of time but that my sites have not been assigned yet. They recommended I call the campground directly tomorrow (rather than Xanterra central reservations) and see if I can get the assignments, so with any luck tomorrow I'll be able to update with the actual site numbers.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    I was hoping to make it, but I have work on Friday and a work related get together on Saturday. Crater Lake is an amazing place to spend time sight seeing and exploring the trails. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.

    2 · September 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes! I am going up Sat and spending the day and night. Can't wait!! Was hoping to make it in one of the hikes you lead. Soon!! There are so many :)

      1 · September 4, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Enjoy the views! If you have not been there before, you will be amazed at how blue the lake is. I look forward to seeing you on one of the many hikes I do. No worries, there will be a lot more trips to come.

      1 · September 4, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Whole Intent on my part Is to be with the group and be part of the group and help others to enjoy such a beautiful place !, some things might not be perfect for all , but at least most are covered, and the Intent to being at Crater lake Is to enjoy Crater lake, and food -meals secondary, as reminded by another and well said !
    I don't need any $ back for doing breakfasts , but If any want that's fine , some are more fortunate than others . I'll be happy to see all there . Ready set go! Hiking Camping Boating Sunset Seeing or Sun risings & Site seeing !!!

    3 · September 4, 2013

    • Anders

      Thank you Lou! As always your a shinning example of what MeetUp is and should be all about.

      4 · September 4, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I agree with Anders. Always a pleasure to have you along for trips, Lou. You have been very laid back, as well as helpful in so many ways on all the trips you have been on with me. Thanks.

      1 · September 4, 2013

  • Bill K.

    For any hikers in the group I plan to get there early Friday(abt 1 PM) and hike Garfield peak as well as doing a hike up Mt Scott Sat after breakfast. I'm also tossing around the idea of hiking Mt Scott Fri evening if the weathers clear for stargazing.

    September 3, 2013

    • Barbara

      Mt Scott is one hike I really want to do. As long as I don't miss my 12:30 Saturday boat trip - I'm in. I've got a good headlamp so a night hike would be interesting. I'm riding w/ Lou and we're leaving Eugene about 9am. Hope to hike with you Friday afternoon.

      September 4, 2013

    • l3db3tt3r

      I'm interested in doing a sunset hike Friday or Saturday. Headlamp OK. Photography opportunities wanted.

      September 4, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Is there anyone that wants to come back late Sat Afternoon that I can share my ride with?
    Unless someone wants to arrive a little early Fri I'll be driving myself up there starting from Eugene at about 10 AM.

    September 3, 2013

  • l3db3tt3r

    I finally bit the bullet on my Outdoor Kitchen Wish List, that has been sitting around in my Amazon queue forever. Should everything arrive on time (Thursday), we shall have one epic kitchen setup.
    Most Notably:
    - 3 burner Camp Chef Stove
    - 2 burner Griddle

    Depending on the amount of gear someone has, I can probably take one person. Leaving Friday afternoon from work (Symantec), coming back Sunday. I am not crunched for time on the return. Just let me know...

    I also get a park pass discount for my vehicle (veteran).

    Was anyone interested in Cycling the rim with me? I recall someone asking if there was room for their bike...

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Aah I have an out i

      September 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      of state licence plate.. They probably didn't even notice and I didn't think to ask!!! Good to know for future passes!

      September 3, 2013

  • Michelle

    I am cycling the rim on Sat. I may on Fri. too, or hike that afternoon. Fri. depends on a number of factors. Will have to see.

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Is Chad still even in this? No posts nor replies from him since before the weekend. Does anyone know how to contact him directly?

    September 1, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Ever thought that maybe he was busy over the weekend? Not trying to sound rude, but even the leaders of these groups have things they do in their daily lives, just like everyone else. Simply send him an email if you have a question, or better yet, leave a comment, and when he sees it, he can reply to it.

      3 · September 1, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Colleen, my comment wasn't directed at you. It was in response to those that wondered why Chad wasn't available during the weekend. I never said it was rude to ask, and no worries. I'm not offended.

      2 · September 2, 2013

  • Chad

    Note to all - I send out a big long email, can't keep up with comments here. I've also shut down registration so we can plan on a more fixed number of attendees (hopefully). I've added a few guests though I'm still undecided if I'm bringing any kids or not but I'd say at this point planning on 18 people max is a safe bet. If anyone changes their plans and someone else really wants to sign up I'll add you to the list.

    4 · September 1, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Colleen , I have breakfasts , sat and sun mornings covered , eggs bacon hash brown mix for all , and then you say your bringing ?
    Raw Scrambled egg mixture
    Already cooked sausage and bell peppers and onion on the side.
    Breakfast rolls, Tortillas, and Hashbrowns.
    Am I missing something here , or are you planning to do a second breakfast for all, and again I'll ask do you need a heating camping stove , yes or no ?

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am bringing my dog, so no boat ride for me, just the hike.

    August 29, 2013

    • Bill B

      Susanne: Unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed on any hiking trails in the park, including the Cleetwood Trail down to the lake. That trail is pretty hard because of the 7,000 foot elevation. If you want to do a trail (without the dog), I'd recommend Garfield Peak or The Watchman, which both have incredible views. Plus, you can turn around and go back down if you get tired.

      August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      @Bill B... I have been advised regarding pets. Not going to hike , I'm just going to get some camping in.

      September 1, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Would anyone like some wine , I plan to bring as well.

    August 31, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Also there Is another restaurant besides the one that the lodge has and they serve breakfast and lunches as well , at the rim next to the lodge. If any want to make res. at the Main lodge they need to make It In advance , but I'm guessing like the rest of the bunch most if not all want to eat at camp, and get to know others . The group Is large enough that there will be many things going on at the same time, bike rides , boat tours , hiking , and the weather looks like Its going to be nice, cool nights 38-40* to afternoon warmth 78-82*.

    August 31, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Also Colleen , If you would like to take care of volunteering to do dinners Friday and Saturday , great , I will help out with $ If needed others have said that they would contribute or help. I have offered to bring a couple of small coleman two burner stoves as you said you needed a heat source, but you did not comment back or I missed It.
    I will be bringing two fry pans 14" and a 20" to cook over the fire. Two rolatables , a propane lantern , a couple of shovels and 2- 5gal water-buckets for the fire , two 7gal and 1 5gal water- drinking containers, lots of firewood for each morning and evening, and tarps-ropes for the kitchen area , Incase of rain , but hope not to use.

    August 31, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Colleen , I had the Impression Chadd with his first comments about the trip that he would like, AS HE SAID ( easiest to just plan on everyone taking care of their own meals. Alternatively if someone wants to volunteer to coordinate a group meal on Saturday night that would be fun)
    I HAVE VOLENTEERED TO DO BREAKFASTS EACH MORNING , Sat and Sunday as posted so far In the comments and what I am going to make and If others have a special something that they need or want to add to that's great

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Bill K.

    I've been looking forward to going to Crater for several years as its been about 10 or 12 since last time. While I'm there I plan saturday to hike up Mt Scott which is only 2.5 miles and 1326 feet el. gain up to 8900+ feet alt and I volunteer to lead this. Might also go to Garfield peak which is a bit lower IF I'm early enough on Friday. I would love to have one or more fellow hikers to go with me. I will leave for home end of day Saturday.
    As a separate matter is there anyone else that wants to come back Sat evening so we could maybe share a ride?

    August 31, 2013

  • BW

    Ask a question, share something, or leave a comment...I am open for all meals,thanks so much for d0ing this

    August 31, 2013

  • Lou B.

    40*F this morning at the rim , and clear.

    August 31, 2013

  • BW

    i will need a ride.I prefer to leave early Fri,and leave late Sunday ( to get the most out of trip),just a Ideal.I am open to all group meals,hikes (not boat ride,done that).I have hiked and packed in park.I lived and worked at Crater Lk. for 9 mos. in 1993.I have a free pass to save the $10 car entry fee.Let me know if I can ride with any you and where we can meet and I can leave my car for the week-end. Thanks

    August 31, 2013

  • Bill K.

    I'd like to post something but need direct contact with Chad our leader first.

    August 31, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Why can't I reply to any posts when I'm signed in?

    August 31, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    I'm not sure yet of my schedule for that weekend, but am interested. Once I know if I can go for sure, I will RSVP. I have money for the campsite, as well as gas money to Lou or anyone willing to give me a ride. I have lots of camping gear available, and can loan others some, if needed. I have a Coleman grill, lanterns, coolers, camp chairs, a hammock I could sleep in if someone wants to use my tent. Thank you Chad for setting this all up. I know quite well the time and effort it takes to put these events together.

    August 30, 2013

  • Barbara

    I made my reservation for the boat tour for Sat at 12:30. I was told I got the last one.

    August 30, 2013

    • Barbara

      I just read on the brochure that 17 tickets for each tour
      are available only in the park from automated kiosks inside Crater Lake Lodge and the Annie Creek Gift Shop. For each tour, these tickets go on sale exactly 24 hours in advance.

      August 30, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Long range weather looks like warm and clear that weekend. 6-7-8th

    August 30, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Hi Chad; I put a note on your page.

    August 30, 2013

  • Monica O.

    I haven't signed up yet -- don't know if I can make it. I am wondering if some people be taking various hikes around the crater, especially since the boat tour is full.

    August 30, 2013

  • l3db3tt3r

    - I will probably try and cycle the rim Saturday. I believe it took me nearly 4.5 hours (3.5 moving) A couple summers ago. Here is a look at the ride: http://www.mapmyride.com/us/shady-cove-or/crater-lake-rim-road-route-21657122

    - I have 3 Hammocks!
    - I am also up to throw in for group food.
    - I have a Volcano Grill/DutchOven device I just got and want to use. (charcoal)

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Chad

    And for others to plan here is the complete park guide:

    http://www.nps.gov/crla/parknews/upload/Crater-Lake-Reflections-Summer-Fall-2013-low-res-v2.pdf

    (pdf document)

    There are a lot of hikes, a trolly tour around the rim led by a ranger, nightly talks in the ampitheater. We're coming a little after peak season though so we'll have to check times when we get there but hopefully most things are still happening. I plan to try and do the hike to Plaikni Falls as well as the Watchman Peak sunset hike. Also even if you don't do the boat tour, the hike down to the water is worth doing as it's the only place you can actually get down there close. Swimming is allowed (as is fishing, no live bait) however the water is freezing.

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Chad

    I've booked an additional trailer site for my dad so we can hold a few more, I've bumped our attendance limit up to 18 as well. I also called them about boat tours. Wizard Island dropoff tours on saturday are full, but there are 5 spots available on sunday (they didn't specify what time). Beyond that they have good availability for the standard tour at 2:30 and 3:30 on saturday. So here's what I'd say... If you really want to do the wizard island dropoff, you should call ASAP and book that for sunday. If not but you want to go on the boat ride we can plan on the saturday at 2:30 timeslot. I'm not sure if I'm going to go or not since I'm still debating bringing kids and/or dog and I've already done the boat tour twice so I might leave more room for someone who hasn't done it.

    August 30, 2013

    • Chad

      I would add, the odds are good the boat tours will be sold out by the time we get there, so if you want to be sure you can do one you should call them sooner rather than later.

      August 30, 2013

  • Michelle

    I will need a ride and if at all possible would like to take my bike to ride the rim. (I know I may be asking a whole lot here) I am preparing for a Cottage Grove ride on the 21st. If no room for bike, happy to hike and hike some more. I too would like to return early for the trip back on Sun. May (?), possibly attend the Capitello Festivities. Count me in for prepping and clean-up duties, with sharing of expenses too.

    August 30, 2013

    • Lou B.

      Do have room for the bike

      1 · August 30, 2013

  • Michelle

    I will take off Fri. flexible with leave time.

    August 30, 2013

  • Lou B.

    A bit under the weather , and hopefully be over this cold by next weekend ! Colleen I was kinda planning to bring the fry pans and do bacon and scrambled eggs both mornings, smaller pan can cook 4lbs of bacon at once . But doing a scramble were you start with a premix of hash browns sausage green red peppers pre-seasoned and heat up and then add eggs , turns out well with Garlic bread from Costco and even better with Dutch oven buscuits but trying to keep It simple and not do the Dutch oven thing.
    Can and planning to drive , have room for 4 more , planning to drive over Friday morning or If others plan to go with at what ever time , but trying to leave early enough to get camp set up and dinner over before dark and come back after camp has broke down sunday morning and be back In town to go out to a wine tasting event at 1pm .

    August 30, 2013

    • Barbara

      Hey Lou, it would be great to carpool and I like the idea of coming back early Sunday. I hope you have lots of room for all the gear. I've been told some of those camp sites don't have room for extra vehicles.

      August 30, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Colleen I do have a couple small Coleman stoves , propane , If that will help, also have two 7gal and one 5gal drinking water containers for camp , also have a couple large tarps to cover cooking area with ropes, just don't know how much stuff to bring, who knows this time of year It might rain , but If IT Is clear --- so nice up there this time of year!

    1 · August 30, 2013

    • Chad

      I can bring my Weber Q grill, can handle 10 or so chicken breasts or burgers if we might need it.

      August 30, 2013

  • BW

    Just checking is 9/6-9/8 for 3 nights or checking out on 9/8? I will need a ride. I am tired of just eating my own food,thanks so much to those that offered to put together group meals ( I will denfently want to help and pay to eat all group meals with You! ). I have a 1 picnic table size rain roof and fly screen wall tent.Would it be worth it to bring to keep us dry and bug free while cooking and eating,ect ( would you rather do tarps if it rains)? ------- For those of you that have never done -the boat ride and hiking up and down to the center of Wizard Island, its a must! ! ! It is so special, so different a treasure of are spaceship EARTH! The most enchanting thing I have ever done on the W. Coast,

    August 30, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Yes do have and planning to bring, by their #s they charge , I'll be packing[masked] worth LOL.

    August 29, 2013

  • Chad

    Lou you got any firewood to bring? They charge $6.75 a bundle there...

    August 29, 2013

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