We spent Sept 26-28 at Crater Lake staying at the lodge. The weather was so beautiful that even the staff were commenting they couldn't remember better visibility and lake color. But we were lucky. Only a few weeks before the smoke from forest fires, not to mention 100 degree heat, was spoiling people's experience. Most of us have to plan to get to Crater Lake so it is hard to rush up when you hear the weather is good! West Rim Drive was closed to cars, but the Trolley tours, which leave every 90 minutes or so, were allowed to travel the whole rim. I highly recommend the Trolleys, which stop often for viewing and photo ops, because the driving can be stressful as others have noted. But the lake (on the right day) is so beautiful. A little snow was left from the storm of the previous week to add a glistening effect.
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