Explore Crater Lake

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
Read More

Tags

Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Scenic

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Explorer

🥇Top Contributor

over 4 years ago

Beyond pictures

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!

🥈 Contributor

over 4 years ago

Worth A Stop, Even In Winter!

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!

Explorer

🥇Top Contributor

almost 5 years ago

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.

Stay Nearby

Klamath County, Oregon

Crater Lake Lodge

Cozy hospitality with a great view At Crater Lake Lodge, parking is free, and the lodge staff can provide assistance with your luggage. After a day of hiking, swimming, fishing, or touring the lake...

From $229/night

CRATER LAKE, Oregon

Mazama Campground

Camping Crater Lake StyleEach of the 214 sites features a picnic table, a fire ring with a grill, and a bear-resistant food locker. Additional campsites at Lost Creek Campground are available and o...

From $21/night

, Oregon

The Cabins at Mazama Village

Cozy Crater Lake CabinsAt the Cabins at Mazama Village, each room features one or two queen beds and a private bath with a shower. The cabins offer the serenity of rooms free of phones and TVs. Air...

From $189/night

Douglas County, Oregon

Steamboat Ball Field Group Site

Overview Steamboat Ball Field Group Site sits near the banks of the North Umpqua River under a canopy of forest. With access to a multitude of recreational opportunities, including a ball field...

Nearby Adventures

  • Bike around Crater Lake

    I forgot how large Crater Lake was. Wikipedia said it was only 6 miles in diameter, multiply X 3.14 or C = πd and boom its only 18.84 miles around, that's cake, or pie. Imaging a NASCAR track with a pond in the middle.WRONG, hindsight being 20/20,...

  • Snowshoe the Rim at Crater Lake NP

    Why Go? Avoid the crowds in summer and have the entire 33 mile long rim and 21 square miles of beautiful Crater Lake to yourself. Sunrises and sunsets that will take your breath away; stars and a milky way you can get lost in for days. Expect soli...

    33 miles

  • Watch the Sunrise at Crater Lake

    Drive to the overlook at Crater Lake well before sunrise. Actually, you should probably just sleep in your car for a bit to make sure you're not late for this incredible sight. Witness the changing colors and light as the sun creeps over the east ...

  • Snowshoe or XC Ski to Watchman Overlook

    Starting at the Rim Village parking area, this snowshoe/cross-country ski trip (whichever you choose) heads out on snow-covered West Rim Drive, bound for the saddle between Hillman Peak and The Watchman, overlooking Wizard Island. The path is not ...

    8 miles 500 ft gain