The weather at Crater Lake can be a bit unexpected for new visitors. Each year, snowfall reaches an average of 43 feet at Park Headquarters. It falls even deeper at higher elevations. That’s a lot of snow. And it’s all thanks to the park’s location between the Pacific Ocean and the foot of the Cascades.
Fact is, the snow doesn’t entirely melt away until late June, so hiking isn’t even an option until summer officially arrives. And that all ends by September, when temperatures start to plummet, the winds pick up tremendously (and that’s saying something) and the snow starts to fall again. In other words, when you’re heading to Crater Lake, knowing the weather forecast should be at the top of your priority list.
One of the snowiest, inhabited places in America. To check on the weather before you head up to Crater Lake, be sure to check out the National Park Service webcams or call 888-774-2728.