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Jul
14

Crater Lake: Cleetwood Cove Trail

Since Crater Lake has only one legal way to get down to the lake, I decided to hike down.  Cleetwood Cove Trail is a little over a mile (1.6 kilometers) long and drops 700 feet or about 230 meters.  The trail is rated as strenuous.  The hike down is not strenuous at all, but the hike back up, that’s entirely different.

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Ranger guided boat tours and a ride out to Wizard Island are available for a fee, running from free for the little ones (under five) up to $37.00 for an adult.  Children aged five to thirteen and seniors get a price break.

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I didn’t go for the boat ride.  I hiked the trail because of the stunning views and because it was there.

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Cleetwood Cove Trail zigzags down to the boat landing and I saw people of all ages, sizes and shapes enjoying the walk down.  Two fisherman had gone down before the rangers, and I arrived just as the rangers made preparations for the day.

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Eventually, the boats filled and the tours began,

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and I hiked back up to the top.

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