Klamath Experience Partners

Things to Do

Ponderosa Picnic Area

Ponderosa Picnic Area is at the southern tip of the park. At 4400 feet in elevation, you get the advantage of warmer temperatures, less snowpack, the highest diversity of plant species, the densest collection of Ponderosa pines and the best views of fall’s colorful deciduous trees found anywhere in the park.Most people stop at Ponderosa Picnic Area for the restroom and orientation to the park, where a map and general information are secured in a bulletin board. It is one of the first places where wildflowers bloom after the snow melts. A colorful wildflower display begins in early summer, with Skyrocket, Paintbrush, lupine, wild strawberry and sweet-smelling snow bush.Sugar pines, Douglas-firs, white firs, cottonwoods and of course, Ponderosa pines can all be seen from and within a mile of the picnic area. If you have never sniffed the bark of a Ponderosa Pine, rest your nose on a tree with yellow-reddish, puzzle-like bark and breathe in—vanilla, butterscotch, or?

Crater Lake, OR 97604
541 594-3000
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