Look at this view, from the back porch of the classic, Crater Lake Lodge. That blue begging for your complete attention. It makes sense why both rows of rocking chairs are facing only this direction.
I was lucky enough to lead many of our Biking Crater Lake Lodge Casual Inn trips that spent two evenings here mid trip, and not only does the view stay with me, but so does the memory of the best breakfast I've ever had at a national park lodge.
On the second day of our stays there, we'd tackle the famous, and challenging rim trail that is the 33 mile road around the outside of the caldera. The elevation gained and lost and gained again makes it feel more like 75 miles. You needed that big breakfast to power you through the challenges of the day.
Always up early, working on bikes while wearing headlamps in the darkness- we'd have ages before the dining room opened. As soon as the sun was rising we knew the coffee cart in the lounge was open and they'd let us order our breakfast to go. Huddled in our fleece jackets we'd inhale our food on the back porch to soak up all the ways that rising sun, changed the endless crater before us.
Spend an evening or two at the Crater Lake lodge and bring your bike or your hiking shoes. The opportunities to explore are everywhere. Due to the weather at this elevation, the lodge is usually open only from mid May – mid October. Breakfast is served from 7 am to 10:30 am.