Steep inner cliffs - Crater Lake
This was the first time we had taken the time, while visiting Crater Lake National Park, to enjoy the 33 mile rim road that takes you completely around the 1,840 foot deep, Crater Lake. Crater Lake was formed when "Mt. Mazama" exploded into the air and left behind pumice, ash, and what would become a very deep lake, once the cauldron filled with rain and snow melt. Wizard Island is somewhat like the dome building event taking place at Mt. St. Helens "after the blast". The inside rim of crater lake is steep and unstable rock, which contrasts beautifully with the deep dark blue lake.
This photo was taken from the "Sun Notch" trail, a very short easy hike from a parking lot up to the rim. There was fresh snow on the trail and in many places when we drove the rim. The crater rim is above 7,000 feet in elevation.
Thursday 8 October 2009
On our way early, we drove out of the ocean fog and into the sunshine, heading for Grants Pass, Oregon. We stopped for a couple short hikes along the upper Rogue River (Natural Bridge hike was a short favorite), and gradually made our way to Crater Lake. Though we had visited the national park before, we had always been in a rush, so it was so nice to take the rim road drive all around the lake and enjoy the views of the lake from different view points. Skiffs of snow had fallen at the higher elevations and another strong wind picked up more and more during our visit.
It was some time around 5 o’clock in the afternoon before we finished our sight seeing at Crater Lake, and pointed the nose of our dependable old pickup truck, north towards home. We had no idea whether we would camp along the way or drive it straight, but once headed for home, the urge to keep going kept us doing just that. We arrived at home just before midnight, tired, happy, and glad to leave the unpacking and organizing for Friday morning.