Crater Lake was formed when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama 7700 years ago caused the mountain to collapse, leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera creating Crater Lake.
Photos can speak for themselves.
|Deepest lake in the United States|
|Lake is filled by only rain and snow; there are no inlets or outlets|
|Reminder of the 44 feet of annual snow on the lake rim|
|The shape of the caldera is obvious here|
|Plaikni Falls ... a hike of over a mile|
|Pinnacles..."chimneys" of ash from the eruption nearly 8,000 years ago|
|Two 35-passenger tour boats on the lake|
|Skeleton of white bark pine on a rock crag above the lake|
|Vidae Falls--along the rim highway|
|Wizard Island...a small volcano within the caldera|
|The water is blue from any elevation, including the two-hour boat tour.|
|The "strenuous" path from top to bottom and bottom to top can be seen in this photo. 1.1 miles to gain 700 feet in elevation---a little more than 30 minutes of hiking.|
|Path near water level|