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Leave the car and see Crater Lake National Park

 Posted: 3:40 PM June 18, 2014

Crater Lake National Park's East Rim Drive is closed to motorized traffic this weekend to give hikers, bikers, runners and walkers a cars-free chance to enjoy the lake.

This is the first of three vehicle-free events the National Park Service is planning for this year after last year's inaugural vehicle-free days at the park were so popular, park Superintendent Craig Ackerman reported.

The others will be September 20 and Sept. 27, both Saturdays.

The park plans to preserve every third and fourth Saturday in September as an annual opportunity to highlight non-motorized use of the park and will open each year for some time in June, depending on snow pack, according to the park service.

The vehicle-free section for this weekend will be on East Rim Drive from Cleetwood Cove to the park headquarters and Steel Visitor Center. Visitors can park either at Cleetwood Cove or the Steel Visitor Center.

For the September events, the route will be extended to begin at the North Junction headquarters.

Parking areas generally fill up quickly and normal park entrance fees apply.

— Mark Freeman

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