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I'm from PA and will be visiting Crater Lake next week.  I'll be car camping, but looking for hikes to do.  Any trails in the park or nearby I shouldn't miss?  

I'm also stopping Oregon Caves- any trails in that area I should check out?  Thank you.
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Hike to the top of Mt Scott, great views.  Drive down to the Pinnacles, worth the time.  Make sure to do the boat trip, and get off on Wizard Island, and walk to the top.
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The car camping options are limited in the park, but this page has the break-down:

Crater Lake Car Camping

If you want to be farther away from people, get to Lost Creek early, set up camp and pay for your site immediately (trust me, people will take it if you have nothing on it. Both campgrounds are beautiful as is the entire area.


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The Watchman is a reasonably easy day hike with spectacular views.

Garfield Mountain is longer and more taxing, but also an excellent view.


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Wizard Island for sure and x2 on the pinnacles.  There are a bunch of summits (some already mentioned) that are good options.  There's a waterfall trail (plaikin or something).  Cool falls but tourons are there.

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Their backcountry policy seems to imply you can disperse camp nearly anywhere (within the stated guidelines), but off-trail travel is not normally the case in a NP unless it's also a designated wilderness area. My son wants to see CL so I'm looking into a LONG drive out that way.
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I guess I should add to my above inquiry about backcountry policy at CL, what else is a MUST SEE in southern OR or northern CA that boys might enjoy?

I'd prefer we spend more time in a few spots than less time in lots of spots (or driving a lot between them). Looks like the Oregon Caves could be neat and then head to Redwoods and then Lassen and head back east via Reno.

What else might we be missing?
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Lava Beds Natl Mon.   Check out the lava tubes.  It's hot there, but always nice underground.  It would be good on the way from Crater Lake to Lassen--descend to Klamath Falls and continue south.

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