Crater Lake access road opens; 2 campsites close down

Officials said the sites along the Pacific Crest Trail have been shuttered due to hazardous trees.

Posted: Jul 16, 2019 6:43 AM
Updated: Jul 16, 2019 10:05 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon officials have fully opened a road circling Crater Lake National Park while closing two backcountry campsites.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Monday that the entire 33 miles of Rim Drive around Crater Lake opened for the season Thursday.

The road is considered one of the most scenic drives in the Pacific Northwest and usually remains open until the middle or end of October.

Last week officials in the national park 232 miles south of Portland opened Rim Drive's eastern segment.

Rim Drive's western side and the park's north entrance opened in June. 

RELATED: North Entrance Road Opens at Crater Lake national park

Park officials last week also announced an emergency closure of the Dutton Creek and Red Cone campsites.

Officials said the sites along the Pacific Crest Trail have been shuttered due to hazardous trees.

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