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Explore Crater Lake


based on 17 reviews


Added by Eric Johnson

Deepest Lake in North America. Tons of breathtaking viewpoints to hike. A must for anyone that loves natural beauty.

Crater is a short 20min drive up Highway 62 off of the 97. We were chasing sunset and caught the last glimmers of twilight. Just driving around the west rim is amazing. Pictures did absolutely no justice to this place, you have to see it with your own eyes...it's MASSIVE!!! Every small pull-off/parking spaces have their own trails leading off them to different view points around the rim of the Caldera. So just pick your favorite and go exploring.

A few quick facts:
  • Crater Lake is the seventh deepest in the world. (1,996 ft)
  • Crater Lake is isolated from surrounding streams and rivers, thus there is no inlet or outlet to the lake
  • Formed around 7,700 by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama
  • The lake is 5 by 6 miles across
  • The Mazama eruption which eventually formed Crater Lake was 42 times more powerful than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens
  • It took 250 years of rain and snow accumulation for the caldera(a large volcanic crater formed by a major eruption leading to the collapse of the mouth of the volcano.) to fill to its present-day lake level
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It really is hard to capture this place in pictures. The lake is so massive and blue; every stop along the drive provides a different perspective!

Crater lake may,for all intents and purposes, be closed during the winter months but it's still a great stop on a road trip if you are in the area. I stopped by in early spring on my way to Portland and despite there being 10+ ft of snow on the ground, I was still able to enjoy a fantastic view of the lake. Can't wait to visit in summer!

This place is incredible and one of the best natural wonders of North America, if you can see it. I've been here in March trying to wait out a multi-day a blizzard to see the lake, but finally saw it on another trip in May. If you're coming here to get great photos you'll likely have to wait a few days for good conditions.

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Bike around Crater Lake

Snowshoe or XC Ski to Watchman Overlook

Watch the Sunrise at Crater Lake

The Rim at Crater Lake NP

Hike the Garfield Peak Trail

Visit the Lady of the Woods at Crater Lake