Crater Lake snowshoe hikes start

Ranger-guided snowshoe walks at Crater Lake National Park start this weekend.

The walks will be offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April 28. Walks will be offered daily from Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Tuesday, Jan. 1.

The walks last 2 hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain. They explore the forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake. Participants should be at least 8 years old, be in reasonably good physical condition, and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary.

The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. There is no cost for the tour and even snowshoes are provided free of charge.

Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are required. For more information and to sign up, call the park's visitor center at 541-594-3100. The visitor center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except for Christmas. Rim Village Café & Gift Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No gas or lodging is available in the park in the winter.

Groups of 15 people or more, such as school or church groups, or outdoor clubs, may be able to arrange for a separate tour for their group weekdays or weekends.

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