• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Catch a spectacular sunrise over the deepest lake in the United States. Easily one of the top 5 sunrises I've ever witnessed. Remember to check what time the sun is supposed to rise beforehand.

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 side of the lake, throwing shadows and reflections around the rim.

You can hike up the ridges near the parking area for to get a different perspective on the view.

Sunrise times vary depending on the time of year, so make sure you check beforehand!

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I woke up early on a fall morning to come up and experience this sunrise. It was very accessible from the watchmen pull out. I hiked up a nearby key to enjoy the sunset there by myself

4 months ago
4 months ago

On our road trip up the West Coast, we decided to dip into Crater Lake to catch a rise, and it was one of the best detours we made. The colors and reflections off the water were unbelievable, get out of bed and get after it

6 months ago
6 months ago

It is definitely worth getting up early to see the morning light on Crater Lake. If you are visiting when the snow is melting, like we were, be prepared for mosquitoes! They seemed to be much worse in the morning than they were when we were out for sunset the day before.

8 months ago
8 months ago

Despite some clouds early on, the sun eventually broke through and produced the most beautiful reflections on the lake. I wandered the Rim Trail taking in the views and different perspectives along the way. Great way to start the day!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

A beautiful place no matter what time of year but spring tends to be either very cloudy, very snowy, or both.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Thanks for the post... I think I found the exact spot you had, and it did not disappoint... well worth it!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

One of my favorite parts of the trip was waking up, finding the best place to sit - wrapped in blankets of course - and watching the sunrise. It doesn't last long, so make sure to get to your spot early. Then go to the lodge & have coffee and sit on the porch overlooking the lake. magical morning.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

One of the most amazing sunsets I've witnessed!

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

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