Crater Lake Dog Policy
Crater Lake National Park is Somewhat Dog Friendly
Crater Lake is in the caldera of a volcano that erupted 7,700 years ago. Native Americans witnessed the eruption and the subsequen collapse of the once tall peak here into the caldera. The lake here is the deepest in the United States, and is fed by snow and rain. It's really a spectacular site, with its typically crystal blue water. Because of this, it's a popular destination for photographers, in addition to sightseers.
Crater Lake is somewhat dog friendly, and dogs are allowed on some of the trails, including with a view of the lake in the summer and fall. Crater Lake is also one of the few parks that allow dogs to be left unattended in vehicles, as long as conditions in the vehicle don't pose a threat to your dog (please be very careful of leaving your dog unattended, as a car can heat up very quickly!).
Dogs are allowed on some trails. The trails allowed vary seasonally.
In the summer and fall the following trails are allowed:
- 1/4 mile paved promenade at Rim Village (which has a nice view of the lake)
- The Godrey Glen Trail (as long as there isn't a lot of snow)
- The Lady of The Woods Trail (as long as there isn't a lot of snow)
- The Grayback Drive (as long as there isn't a lot of snow)
- The Pacific Crest Trail
In the winter and spring the following trails are allowed:
- The Rim Village parking lot
- The Pacific Crest Trail (even if it's covered by snow)
Dogs are not allowed on any other trails or in the backcountry.
Dogs are alllowed at Mazama Village and the campground loop, as long as they're on a 6' leash.