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Crater Lake East Entrance

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The east entrance sign (bobcat)

Description

You can walk half a mile from The Pinnacles Trailhead to the historic entrance sign on the eastern border of Crater Lake National Park. The stone boundary marker was constructed by the CCC in 1937. On one side, the sign reads "Department of Agriculture - Forest Service - Entering Winema National Forest" (now the Fremont-Winema National Forest); on the east side, the sign reads "National Park Service - Crater Lake National Park - East Entrance - U.S. Department of the Interior." There is a trailhead on Forest Road 2304, only half a mile east of the boundary. The national forest side of the boundary has been extensively logged.

The east route into Crater Lake National Park was originally constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1913. The Bureau of Public Roads oversaw a substantial upgrading of the road between 1929 and 1935. The entrance was closed in 1956 because of a decline in visitors entering the park from this direction. It was reopened from 1971 - 1973 but was again closed, this time permanently, because only a tiny percentage of park visitors came in this way.

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