You may have heard
about the deep blue color of the lake, but words can never prepare you
for the first breathtaking look from the edge of this 6 mile wide
crater or caldera which was caused by the eruption and subsequent cave
in of Mt. Mazama a few thousand years ago.
My most vivid memory
of Crater Lake is finding various overlooks along Rim Road that encircles
the park. One spot in particular has an incredible overlook that you
can walk out on that isn't much wider than 3 or 4 feet. The thing that
makes this spot so awesome is that the 3 foot wide path out to the
overlook drops off steeply more than 1,200' in some places.
Sorry I won't tell
you where this secret spot is, I'm going to let you find it all on
your own. However, you will certainly know it when you get there!
Much of the year
Crater Lake is snowed in. The area around Crater Lake receives some of the heaviest snowfall in the country,
averaging an astonishing 533 inches per year.
For a brief time each
year, Crater Lake
National Park emerges from this winter freeze to bask
in the summertime sun. If you visit early in the season you may be
surprised by the amount of snow which remains long into months which
are considered early to mid-summer in most parts of the nation.
Because of these harsh and often unpredictable weather patterns, most
park roads are closed even through the late spring.
Crater Lake is host to a vast array of activities. While enjoying the
natural scenic wonders, park visitors may hike in old growth forests,
participate in a variety of interpretive activities, camp out or stay
in an historic hotel, or even cross-country ski during the very long
eight month winters which are experienced here in the Cascade
If you are planning to
visit Crater Lake there are only two campgrounds in the park that have a total of
216 tent sites. Spaces are available on a first come first serve basis as
reservations are not taken in the park.
If you love the outdoors and are especially
fond of our nation's National Parks, you don't want to miss the incredible
beauty that awaits you in Crater Lake
© Alan LeStourgeon May, 2005