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Old 05-25-2011, 02:27 PM   #1
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Camping off road between Crater Lake and Bend

We've made our way from New Orleans thru southern cali up through NorCal. Today we are eyeing Bend, OR as a stopping point.

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We will check out Crater Lake today, as Michel has never been (though the weather sucks).

We have been staying with friends most of the way but would like to get the "Iron-horse" to a quiet off road site tonight.
I saw a post that mentioned lake Paulina (SE of bend).

Any others??

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Old 05-25-2011, 03:06 PM   #2
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Make sure and post a picture of the new snow at Crater Lake!!

Paulina Lake is very high elevation too and the road probably isn't open yet.

The best places to camp this time of year are along the Deschutes River. There are some dispersed campsites on both sides of the river just upstream from Pringle Falls. Then down river (north) there are some developed campgrounds, plus Fall River campground. All accessible from Hwy 97.

Another nice spot is Paulina Falls which is on the road to Paulina Lake.

Hope you have a heater...
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Re: Camping off road between Crater Lake and Bend

If you're interested in coming into town to perhaps check out one of the many great brewpubs, you could probably find something fairly close out Skyliners Road or up Century Drive (towards Mt. Bachelor), though you might hit snow relatively soon. I'm fairly certain you can stay overnight in a sno-park without any troubles too, and I don't think you'd see much of any traffic on a Wednesday evening.
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Make sure and post a picture of the new snow at Crater Lake!!

Paulina Lake is very high elevation too and the road probably isn't open yet.

The best places to camp this time of year are along the Deschutes River. There are some dispersed campsites on both sides of the river just upstream from Pringle Falls. Then down river (north) there are some developed campgrounds, plus Fall River campground. All accessible from Hwy 97.

Another nice spot is Paulina Falls which is on the road to Paulina Lake.

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If you're interested in coming into town to perhaps check out one of the many great brewpubs, you could probably find something fairly close out Skyliners Road or up Century Drive (towards Mt. Bachelor), though you might hit snow relatively soon. I'm fairly certain you can stay overnight in a sno-park without any troubles too, and I don't think you'd see much of any traffic on a Wednesday evening.
Rockbender. Are you talking about bend?
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Just had some lunch at lake Shasta. Turntable Bay Rd exit has a nice little dirt road that takes you right down to the lake. Some pretty big ruts kept others out.
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Beautiful Bend, Oregon... home of lots of great beer. Yep!
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Re: Camping off road between Crater Lake and Bend

Umpqua (tokatee) hot springs are not too far from crater lake. Great place to have a relaxing dip. It's a clothing optional sort of place, so don't go if that bothers you. Although, there's a decent chance you'd have it all to yourself on a wednesday night. There are several pools of varying temperatures, and one of the best ones has a roof over it as well.

Also, a beautiful hike from the parking lot along the first mile or two (heading north) of the Umpqua trail, known as the Dread and Terror section. It's easy hiking and very pretty. Water springs out of the hillside (cold) all over the place and flows into the river. You can drink the spring water.

The hot springs are located at 43.295035,-122.365873 Google Maps Link

There are beautiful tent sites along the river there. But with the rig, i'd just drive around and find a nice spot to pull off. If you keep driving past the hot springs, you'll eventually come to some clearings that are pretty decent sites. Haven't actually stopped there but have seen people camped there. I don't think they're on the river though. The area is free of snow down at the elevation of the springs.
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Those coordinates are from wikipedia and don't appear to be exactly perfect, but they're withing 1/4 mile. Once you get to the parking lot, it should be clear.
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I have fun playing with maps... I'm sure most of you here do.

Here's directionsfrom crater lake to toketee

I haven't used Bing much, but i've been getting tired of google maps, not that good really. Mapquest and Bing both seem better in many respects. For serious duty, i have Topo! Garmin, and other software...
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