Crater Lake National Park and Oregon Caves
Includes all lodging, all meals, Cave tour, Timberline van shuttles, leaders, trail maps and narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included from Medford to Crater Lake prior to tour and from Oregon Caves to Medford following tour.
Not included: Airline service to Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:30 am
“Good people, great scenery, lots of fun!” Happy Hiker
Crater Lake has gained a reputation for its impossibly blue lake – can that really exist? It was created about 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Now it is the deepest lake in the United States, and it is that depth that creates the postcard perfect deep blue hue. The lake is fed only by rain and snow making its waters some of the most pure and pristine in the world. Its location in the Cascade Range insures a variety of terrains to explore on the many trails available in the park.
Close by these mountains is the Siskiyou National Forest, which consists of extremely steep and rugged terrain and is home to five designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. Due to the area’s unusual geology, climate and fire ecology, some of the most diverse and rare plants have evolved in the area and it has become known as a botanist’s paradise. Within the forest is a National Monument to preserve a unique cave system, only discovered in 1874, containing twisting passages through marble rock – Oregon Caves. There we can discover these hidden mountains inside and out.
|Day 1||Van Transfer to Crater Lake National Park, hike Watchman Peak and Cleetwood Cove||5|
|Day 2||Tour Rim Drive and Hike Mt. Scott||5|
|Day 3||hike Annie Spring Canyon, transfer to Oregon Caves National Monument - hike to Big Tree||1.7 + 3.3|
|Day 4||Hike Mt. Elijah||6|
|Day 5||Cave Tour, Cliff Nature Trail, return to Medford||3|