07/29/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/29/2021 19:09
CRATER LAKE, OR - The Cleetwood Trail in Crater Lake National Park will temporarily close on Tuesday, August 3rd and Wednesday, August 4th so park staff can install a hardening material on a portion of the trail surface. The work is being done mid-week to reduce impacts on visitors and the trail will reopen as soon as the work is completed.
The park attempts to complete maintenance projects that may require closures in the shoulder seasons to limit disruption to our visitors. However, due to the very short construction season at Crater Lake, it is often necessary to work in the middle of summer. In this case, this critical project is needed to install a section of test material to determine if it can withstand heavy summer use and severe winter conditions. If the material is effective, it will be incorporated into the larger Cleetwood rehabilitation project that is scheduled to begin in 2023. The larger project will provide much needed repairs and upgrades to the trail and lakeshore facilities and will provide for a safer and more enjoyable visit for everyone.
The Cleetwood Trail is the only safe and legal access to the lake, but there are lots of other scenic trails in the park to enjoy. If you are visiting on August 3rd or 4th, consider hiking up Garfield Peak or Watchman Peak for great views of the lake and surrounding areas. Or hike to Plaikni Falls to experience a beautiful waterfall. For more information on park trails, please call 541-594-3100 or visit the rangers at our outdoor contact station located on the back porch of the Rim Visitor Center in Rim Village from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM daily.