Watch the Sunrise at Crater Lake

Oregon Rim Village Visitor Center, Crater Lake NP

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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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23 days ago

Best at Sunrise!

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.

23 days ago

12 months ago

Worth an early start

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!

12 months ago

almost 2 years ago

Avoid Spring

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

almost 2 years ago

almost 2 years ago

YES!!!!

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

almost 2 years ago

almost 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.

almost 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

One of the most amazing sunsets I've witnessed!

about 2 years ago

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Designer and Adventure Photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. Fan of mountains, coffee, beer, and witty banter. Available for commissions and collaborations. I'm @kylefrost pretty much everywhere.

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Chillin, Photography

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Beginner

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Spring, Summer, Autumn

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