Crater Lake National Park Travel Guide
south side of the crater
south side of the crater
View From Sinnott Memorial Overlook
Still snow around the lake.
Crater Lake National Park
Wizard Island in Crater Lake National...
Fantastic Lake and super study in Volcanism
Not much to do as hiking trails and services were mostly closed
In a nutshell
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
The Chaski slide is a fairly noticeable landform on the caldera wall. The landslide is said to have happened after the collapse of Mt Mazama but before the lake filled in. When you are up next to it you can easily see how this huge mass of rock could have slipped down into...
Devil’s Backbone is a volcanic radial dike that was formed when lava was pushed into cracks in Mt. Mazama and cooled. The surrounding material (pumice and lava flows) has weathered away and now this dike has been uncovered. This landform may not seem all that impressive but...
Steel Visitor's Center
Located down the road from the Rim Village, the Steel Visitor's Center is co-located with the Park Headquarters. Stop here before heading up the to crater rim for infomation on what is open/closed, scheduled park activities, hiking guides, etc. There is also a selection of...
This is the centerpoint for touristic activity in the Park. A summertime buzz of cars, people, ice cream cones and squirrels looking for handouts. The restored Crater Lake Lodge is here along with the ubiquitous Gift Shop and Cafeteria and a summertime Visitor Center. One of...
Rising 764 feet above the lake, Wizard Island - shaped as a sorcer's hat - is a classic cinder cone that formed after the collapse of Mt Mazama. The small crater atop Wizard Island impressed an early Oregon newsman enough for him to coin the name "Crater Lake'. You can take...
Take a boat ride on the Lake
From the NE corner of the Rim Road, you take the trail down one mile to Cleetwood Cove. From there, you can take a boat tour lasting 1 3/4 hours which takes you around the lake, visiting both Wizard Island and the Phantom Ship. I recommend getting here early as it can get...
The Rim Road
Drive or Bike around the Rim Road. It is a 33 mile road that circles the rim of the caldera. There are lots of pulloffs, where you can go and appreciate a new and different view of the lake and its blueness. Snow levels will vary the season the road is open from year to...
Natural wonder, no less
Crater Lake is definately one of the "hidden" treasures in the world. A volcanic wonder that while standing at the edge will leave you speechless. There are many places around the lake where you can stop and enjoy the breathtaking views. Be sure to use a whole day or more in...
The last place I stopped on the rim drive was Vidae Falls. Vidae Falls comes from a creek flowing over a glacier formed cliff then drops 100 feet (30 meters) over a series of ledges. If you come here in the summer, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of wildflowers...
Pinnacles Overlook is located at the end of a 7 mile spur road, and is well worth the drive. The pinnacles are a collection of 100 foot (30 meter) tall spires eroded from the canyon walls. These are what is called “fossil fumaroles” and are where volcanic gas rose up through...
Crater Lake Lodge
4 Reviews and 322 Opinions The Crater Lake Lodge is a classic National Park structure, full of lots of wood and rustic charm....
Annie Creek Restaurant: Buffet in the Park
Right after the turnoff from Oregon Highway 62 for Crater Lake National Park you will find Mazama Village. Mazama Village has 40 rooms at The Cabins at Mazama Village; a restaurant and a store. The Annie Creek Restaurant serves a buffet consisting of different entrees,...
well worth the detour
This would be a tough place to visit without a car and there are no shuttles in the park itself. It is a premier biking park but the average visitor will be coming in a car. Crater Lake is located 250 miles and 5.5 hours southeast of Portland, Oregon. It's about 4 hours from...
a bit of Crater Lake history
Crater Lake takes it origin in a massive eruption of 12,000 foot Mount Mazama some 7700 years ago. Part of the cascade range of volcanoes that includes more recent erupted Mount St. Helens, Mazama was sacred to Native Americans called Klamaths. The remnants of the huge peak...
a recipe for alpine splendor
Crater Lake is undoubtedly deep, averaging 1500 feet which is the deepest average in the Western Hemisphere. It's top depth of nearly 2000 feet makes it the deepest in the United States and depending on who is doing the ranking, as high as the seventh deepest in the world....
The waters of Crater Lake are some of the clearest in the World. There are very few impurities within its waters - also no outlets and the water is from snow and rain. Deep blue colors are due to the Lake's depth. Of the visual spectrum, only the deep blue wavelengths are...
a place for big snows
Crater Lake National Park gets more than its share of snow. The Pacific Northwest is noted for precipitation and the lake's elevation and relative location to northwesterly winds makes for lots of it. The average snowfall is 44 feet per year so it's no wonder that the Rim...
where's my dingo?
While the Pacific Crest Trail runs through the park and you could use a backpack if doing that, a small day pack will suffice for the relatively short trails around the lake.
Good hiking boots should be worn even on short trails as they tend to be steep and rocky. Trails...
Lava Beds National monument
The Lava Beds National monument (page to come) lies in the far north east corner of California, close to the Oregon border. It is a striking example of eruptions where the outer lava cools and gives a solid crust while the inner lava remains fluid enough to flow out, giving...
Phantom Ship Island
Crater Lake’s “other island” is also very interesting. Phantom Ship Island got its name from the resemblance to a pirate ship. The island is much smaller than Wizard Island but is still as tall as a 16 story building. The island is composed of erosion-resistant rock that is...
Wizard Island was formed during a second eruption some 400 years after the one that formed Crater Lake. It is a cinder cone volcano named after its resemblance to a wizards hat. There are numerous places along the rim drive to see the island but one of the best is Watchman...
Explore Deeper into Crater Lake National Park