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Crater Lake's north entrance opens today

 Posted: 10:15 AM May 23, 2014

Crater Lake National Park will open its north entrance road this afternoon, the park announced.

Warm spring temperatures and a lackluster snow pack resulted in the road opening earlier than usual, a park news release said.

West Rim Drive is open to vehicle traffic. Parts of East Rim Drive have been plowed and are open to hiking and biking, officials said.

Some snow still remains on the ground at park headquarters. Snow depth is greater at many locations around the rim. Steep snowfields remain at many of the overlooks along Rim Drive, and visitors should stay far back from the edge and use extreme caution to prevent falls, officials said. All trails, including the Cleetwood Trail, are still closed and snow covered.

Crater Lake Lodge, the Rim Cafe and gift shop and the Steel Visitor Center are open daily, with ranger talks given at the lodge at 4 p.m. each day.

Rangers ask visitors to watch for falling rocks, ice and snow on the roadway.

For more information, call the Steel Visitor Center at 541-594-3100 or visit www.nps.gov/crla.


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