Perched high above the namesake mountain lake, Crater Lake Lodge (www.craterlakelodges.com) has been welcoming visitors since 1915. And although the lodge still evokes memories of a kinder and gentler time, this National Register property underwent a complete renovation in 1965. Today this historic property not only boasts a gaggle of access upgrades, but it also retains the flavor of yesteryear. And that’s the perfect combination for wheelchair-users and slow walkers who want to overnight in comfort in Crater Lake National Park.
Although steps grace the front entrance of the property, there’s also ramp access on the left side. Accessible parking is located around the corner near the side door, which is just steps from the accessible room. And there’s also a drop-off area in front, for folks who can’t manage distances.
Inside, there’s plenty of room to navigate a wheelchair around the cavernous lobby, which is dominated by a massive stone fireplace. There’s also a barrier-free pathway to the front desk, and to the first-floor accessible room (room 107), which is located just down the hall.
The accessible room features a wide door with a lowered peephole, and plenty of room to navigate a wheelchair or scooter inside. It’s furnished with a 26-inch high queen-sized bed with wheelchair access on both sides, a desk with a chair, and a side chair.
The bathroom is equipped with a tub/shower combination with grab bars, a hand-held showerhead and a fold-down tub bench. The toilet grab bars are located on the back and right walls (as seated), and the bathroom also has a roll-under sink. And like the bedroom, the bathroom is very spacious, with plenty of room for a wheelchair or scooter.
Additionally, in keeping with the ambience of days gone by, the guest room is pleasantly devoid of a phone and a television — as are the remaining 70 guest rooms.
There is also good access to the public areas of the lodge, including the great hall, the terrace and the dining room. Guests can enjoy a selection of beverages, appetizers, soups, salads and desserts in the great hall or on the terrace; or indulge in a full menu of Northwest specialties in the dining room.
The terrace offers the best views of the lake, but you’ll also get an eyeful if you snag a window table in the dining room. And for an even better view of the lake, take a stroll on the accessible paved trail behind the lodge. Just take the ramp down from the terrace, and you’re good to go.
Even if you don’t spend the night, Crater Lake Lodge is definitely worth a stop. Sit back and enjoy a cocktail on the terrace and watch the sunset over the lake. It’s the perfect — and very accessible — way to end a day at this scenic Oregon national park. Keep in mind though that the lodge is open seasonally (from May to October), so plan ahead to avoid disappointment.