Crater Lake National Park

For many years we’ve seen photos of Crater Lake with it’s iconic brilliant blue water rimmed by mile-high steep walls so we had to take a personal peak.

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

There has been a fire in the national forest near the north entrance and so this entrance has been closed.  The fire had just been contained so the entrance was opened again.

Wizard Island in Crater Lake

Wizard Island in Crater Lake

Because we avoid crowds as much as possible, we targeted this entrance since it normally receives fewer tourists.  Mid September during the week was a good time to visit – not very crowded in the park.

We drove 2/3 of the Rim road that encircles the entire lake.  There are several pull offs to stop and see the lake by looking down on it. (Best for vehicles, truck campers, or small class C’s).   Its depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters) makes it the deepest lake in the United States, and the ninth deepest in the world. Its fresh water is some of the clearest found anywhere in the world.  It is fairly small so you can see all the way across it – when there hasn’t been a fire. For us it was still a little hazy so we didn’t see the deep blue color of the lake but it was still breathtaking.

There is only one road around the lake and one trail that leads down (1 vertical mile) to the water.  We wanted to walk down to the water, however they were doing road construction next to it and didn’t want people using the trail.  Because of the road construction and the fire even the tourist boats on the lake had been curtailed.

Pinnacles

Pinnacles

We enjoyed the drive around the lake and hiked the Pinnacles trail.  These towering needle-like formation of rock, called fossil fumaroles (some call them hoodoos) projecting from the floor of Sand Creek Canyon were formed under sheets of volcanic pumice that proceeded Mazama’s (the mountain that Crater Lake was formed in) collapse.  For us, a day was plenty of time to enjoy the Crater Lake National Park.  If we would have spent two days, we would have hiked one of the mountain trails in the park.

Two toned spires

Two toned spires

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One of the tallest stand alone pinnacles

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I would love this in the front yard

I would love this in the front yard

 

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5 Responses to Crater Lake National Park

  1. Crater Lake is high on our list. Really enjoyed reading about your trip. Others I’ve talk with gave Crater Lake high marks, some saying it was the best National Park they had visited.

  2. Sorry that you weren’t able to hike down to the water. Don’t you hate it when you finally get to visit a spot you’ve been wanting to see for years, and are thwarted by things not of your own doing? Looks like you still found plenty of beauty to enjoy, though. Camp on.

  3. Sorry that you weren’t able to hike down to the water. Don’t you hate it when you finally get to visit a spot you’ve been wanting to see for years, and are thwarted by things not of your own doing? Looks like you still found please ty of beauty to enjoy, though. Camp on.

  4. Keith says:

    Looks like a fun visit despite the limitations. Some nice shots in there, thanks for sharing 🙂

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