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Crater Lake snowshoe hikes start this weekend

 Posted: 12:05 PM December 12, 2013

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

The walks will be offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April 27, 2014. Walks will be offered daily from Thursday, Dec. 26, through Wednesday, Jan. 1.

The walks last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain, the park's announcement said. They explore forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake and provide lessons in how plants, animals and people survive in deep snow.

Participants should be at least 8 years old, be in reasonably good physical condition and be prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear.

No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge and there is no cost for the tour. The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter.

Space on each tour is limited and advance reservations are required. For details 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. except on Dec. 25.

School, church or club groups of 15 people or more may be able to arrange a separate tour just for their group on weekdays or weekends.

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