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Crater Lake National Park

Pacific Crest Trail, Oregon 97604 USA

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“an epic lake with a violent volcanic past”

Crater Lake has inspired people for thousands of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom. Crater Lake has long attracted the wonder and admiration of people all over the world. Its depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters) makes it the deepest lake in the United States, and the seventh deepest in the world. Its fresh water is some of the clearest found anywhere in the world. The interaction of people with this place is traceable at least as far back as the eruption of Mount Mazama. Founded May 22, 1902, Crater Lake National Park seeks to preserve these natural and cultural resources. Crater Lake National Park is an area of 249 square miles dedicated to the preservation of its natural and cultural resources. For many years, park managers have looked at this task as a job to be accomplished only for the enjoyment of its human visitors. As important as this goal remains to be, park personnel now take a more comprehensive view of the ecosystems and interactions within the environment we call Crater Lake National Park. Wizard Island is a cinder cone that erupted after Crater Lake began to fill with water.  It is one of two islands in Crater Lake. Seven different trees live on Phantom Ship, an island in Crater Lake. 

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Reviewed by
Travel Oregon

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June 17, 2015

From high atop the rim of Crater Lake, you can see what a wonder the world really is. A hike down to the water reveals new wonders. The water is so blue, so deep, it’s no surprise it’s the deepest lake in America, and one of the deepest on earth. That’s why it’s one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.

Surrounded by cliffs almost 2,000 feet high and boasting a picturesque island a violent volcanic past, Crater Lake is also home to hikes in old-growth forest and cross-country ski trips in the winter months. Many of the roads and facilities close during the winter, but the park is open and accessible all year long.

Crater Lake is located in Southern Oregon, which is also home to the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the stunning Rogue River, the Oregon Caves and vineyards, chocolatiers and cheesemakers galore. 

CLIMATE: Most visitors come to Crater Lake National Park during the months of July through mid-September, when the weather is generally mild with little precipitation. Due to the elevation of the park (6,500 ft. at Park Headquarters and 7,100 ft. at Rim Village), weather conditions may change quickly and a warm jacket and wool sweater are always recommended items to carry. During the winter months, from October through June, weather conditions make preparing for extreme winter conditions necessary. Blizzards, high winds, extreme cold and low visibility dominate the weather patterns. Visitors should come with cold weather gear. RECREATION: A good place to begin your visit to Crater Lake is at one of the two visitor centers. The Steel Information Center lies south of Rim Drive next to park headquarters and is open year-round. In the summer, the Rim Village Visitor Center is open along Rim Drive on the southern side of the caldera. After gathering information on the park and its facilities visitors can make educated decisions about what recreation opportunities to pursue. Hiking, backpacking, camping, picnicking and sight seeing are popular pursuits within the park. Boating and scenic driving around Rim Drive can be enjoyed by visitors during the summer months. In winter snowshoeing and cross-country skiing provide solitude and a little-known view of the park.

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Joel Schat

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July 06, 2014
Rated 5.0

I have had the luxury of extensively travelling throughout the west coast but still to this day I haven't felt the amount of instant awe as I did when I first laid eyes on this lake. It is something out of a movie! When you first drive up to the visitor centre and get out to walk the 20 meters to the edge and stand on a steep cliff overlooking this lake your mind will be blown!
I personally recommend the hike around the lake in the clockwise direction as the views of wizard island just keep getting better and better and if your daring enough go for a camping adventure on the rim! You won't regret it!

14 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
E. B.

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October 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. The water is....unreal. I have never seen anything so blue. This is one of those places where you can stand in silence for hours just taking in all the beauty.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jason

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June 24, 2015

Yes, it is beautiful. Yes, you should see it. However, it is a long haul from Eugene or any of the major stops off the 5, so you'll want to plan accordingly and expect this attraction to take the whole day to get to and back.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
susie.t.lind

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June 06, 2014

Beautiful site. Doesn't look real. Looks like you are looking at a postcard. The weather was perfect, about 72 even with snow all around. A definite "must see".

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
shegirl0143

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August 04, 2015
Rated 5.0

The most beautiful lake I've ever seen! We were headed to the Redwoods and didn't realize this was on our way. Glad we took the time to stop and see this magnificent bright blue lake. Stunning!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
thurmsw

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July 20, 2014
Rated 5.0

Even on a cloudy day, the vista was quite breathtaking. As others mentioned, the beauty of the place seems unreal. We were glad we stopped even for an hour on our drive from Seattle to the bay area.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
leveronique05

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October 06, 2014
Rated 5.0

We camped on crater lake. You pay $10 for entrance and then camping fee. So worth your money though. Camping there is so peaceful and then checking out crater lake it's just amazing. This place is breathtaking. Those crystalline blue waters!! Must visit place!!!!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
pastor.ari

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September 17, 2014
Rated 5.0

Amazing. Breathtaking. Truly unique. I've never seen a picture that quite captures the vivid blue of the lake. I've visited many times and I still catch my breath when I first see the lake. If you want the best views, be prepared to hike and be warned that most trails are steep.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jessica.cormier.16

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July 05, 2014

Agreed - even when you are standing there you think you're looking at a post card. Didn't spend nearly enough time here. Did the rim drive and pullouts. Shame on me.

1 person found this review helpful

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Crater Lake National Park

Pacific Crest Trail
Oregon
97604 USA

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