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“Nice Views with Fun Park Ranger Dialogue”

Crater Lake Trolley
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Owner description: This is a wonderful an new attraction at the lake. LNG powered trolleys built to resemble the old SF trolleys.
Larkspur, Colorado
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457 reviews
250 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
“Nice Views with Fun Park Ranger Dialogue”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

We enjoyed our 2 hour trolley journey (10:30am-1:30pm) around the rim of Crater Lake before the weather turned in mid-September. The trolley left exactly at 10:30am so show up 15 minutes ahead if you have to buy your tickets. I had done the Wizard Island Boat tour the prior day, so when I saw the same Park Ranger on board the trolley as was on the boat, I was worried there was going to be a lot of duplication. The Ranger recognized our group, and did a nice job of not repeating the same information. At the same time she made it fun and interesting and since she was a local she could give insights to the general area that others could not.

It was great to hear about the surrounding mountains and the Crater Lake native folklore. This was only $25.00 per person and it was nice not to have to drive around the Crater by car and take photos, but instead ride the trolley. We had made a reservation in advance (recommended during high season). We met the trolley at the community center about 2 blocks from the Crater Lake Lodge. The seats were hard but they gave us a cushion to soften the ride. My favorite stop was the water fall. The sun was out but the winds were strong.

Visited September 2013
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Pahrump, Nevada
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“Don't miss this experience”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

The weather was awful, cold, overcast and 40mph wind gusts. The visibility was spotty. The park ranger, Christa, was enthusiastic and cheerful and so was Mike, the trolley driver. There had been so much snow and rain that half of the drive, the east portion, was closed due to rock slides so we only got half way around the rim but they made it fun and interesting. What could have been a miserable day was pleasant and a lot of fun. Someone else did all the tricky driving and we got lots of interesting detail and information. Sometimes, the clouds would part and we would have a wonderful view. The trolley would stop so we could get pictures. Christa's bubbly, funny demeanor made the day. Put this one on your bucket list!

Visited September 2013
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120 reviews
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“Great way to see the Lake”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

This is a must- do at Crater Lake. The trolley stops a number of times at various locations. On each trolley is a Park Ranger, full of information and insight into the Park. We learned so much about the Park and its history during our 2 hour tour.

Visited September 2013
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Seaside, California
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“Excellent Way to See the Lake and Not the Road”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

Highly recommend the trolley as a way to see the lake and not have to focus on driving the narrow road. They make 5 or 6 stops so you have plenty of time for picture-taking. And the tours are narrated by geologists, botanists, or naturalists so you get a lot of very good information. It was a great way to spend 2 hours. If you arrive in the morning, buy your tickets as soon as possible or buy them online. They had cut back the number of tours the Saturday we were there and they all sold out. This is great for children, too, and the narrators spend extra time making sure the children are entertained.

Visited September 2013
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Colorado
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164 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Ride The Trolley!”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

For a reasonable $25 a person, this trolley drives the lake rim for 35 miles, stopping @ various points that are not only spectacular to see but educationally important to the area. We saw the entire lake from totally different vantage points which put it in proper perspective to it's surroundings. Our trip had a volunteer geologist on board explaining the very recent history & geologic activity in the formation of Crater Lake. Amazing blue from 750' above.

Leaves from the community house, a short walk from the Crater Lake Lodge, every two hours during the day, but check the schedule to be sure. Discounts for seniors & children. Accessible to persons with disabilities. Everyone can enjoy this magnificent treasure.

If you only do one thing @ Crater Lake, consider the trolley first!

Visited July 2013
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