Crater Lake National Park, OR

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Crater Lake National Park, July 2017

Oregon’s Crater Lake, America’s deepest lake, is also arguably its bluest. Fed entirely by rain water and snowmelt, this natural wonder and centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park was formed after the explosion of an ancient volcano—Mount Mazama—about 7,700 years ago. Volcanic features dot the landscape around the lake, including the Pinnacles, a set of now-cooled pumice spires that were once channels for underground steam and gas. The 33-mile Rim Drive encircles the lake, while a bevy of hiking trails offer access to various viewpoints, canyons, and waterfalls. Visit in summer or early fall, as snowpack leads to road closures during much of the rest of the year.

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Crater Lake from near the Rim Visitor Center

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Wizard Island, accessed by boat from Cleetwood Cove

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Crater Lake looking north

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Vidae Falls, just off the East Rim Drive

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View of Klamath Valley from East Rim Drive

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Phantom Ship

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View of Phantom Ship, Garfield Peak, and Crater Lake from an overlook on East Rim Drive

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Pinnacles

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Pinnacles Overlook

 

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