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“Don't forget Pinnacles and other dayhikes” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Crater Lake

Crater Lake
Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Type: Bodies of Water, Geologic Formations
Activities: Hiking, Skiing
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Owner description: Beautiful lake which is the centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park.
Terre Haute
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“Don't forget Pinnacles and other dayhikes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

It goes without saying that Crater Lake itself is stunningly beautiful. That said there isn't much you can do here that can't be done in a full day or 2 at most (unless you want to hike in forest). There are some nice dayhikes that offer different views of the lake. I hiked to Discovery Point and back and then up Garfield Peak (though the top was technically closed for snowfields).

Away from the lake I also hiked Godfrey Glen and Annie Creek Canyon trails, which offered some cool scenery of pumice erosion, including smaller versions of The Pinnacles. Because the E and SE section of Rim Drive was still closed in mid-July, we couldn't hike Mt Scott or see the Pinnacles from the normal routes. I did see the latter on our way out by following 10 miles of gravel forest service roads to come in the back way. I had to hike the last 3 miles of road because it hadn't been cleared of downed trees yet. It was worth the hour hike and I also learned that this used to be the official entrance to the park decades ago!

For the very adventurous, Llao's Hallway is a pumice slot canyon just a few hundred yards north of 62 on the way in from the west. Don't go solo, take a rope, and you will get wet and dirty. Turn back if you hit blocks of snow in the slot as I did.

Visited July 2012
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Victoria BC
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“First time - a bit obscure, Second time - excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This was our second visit to Crater Lake. The first time was in August 2002 (ten years before) and then the lake was often obscured in thick haze from nearby fires and by late afternoon the lake would completely disappear from view. This time in August 2012, we drove to the lake and it was clear the entire time (there were still fires in nearby places though). The lake is one of two icons of Oregon (the other is Mt. Hood) and there is quite the impression of its size and color. On our full day camping here, we climbed to the viewpoint on the west side of the lake (can't remember its exact name, it is a ways north of where the lodge and parking facilities are located) and also did the full drive around the rim in a clockwise direction (the previous time we did not get much further than Phantom Ship viewpoint). There were some bits of snow down in deep areas and we camped in the main site on the south entrance road. While it is a ways from the nearest big city (Portland), this place is still worth the drive to go to.

Visited August 2012
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Sherwood, Oregon
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“The most beautiful blue water, ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

An awesome sight, a geological wonder. A mountain blew its top many years ago and this is what remains. The most beautiful blue water lake in America. If you like to hike, you can go over the rim and down to the lake itself. Boat tours on the lake to Wizard Island lends to the memories. In the mean time watch chipmunks and other forest animals busy at work, listen to the trees, take in the wonder of it all. Great old National Park.

Visited July 2012
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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“Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Made sure we stopped there on the way up to Bend and we were not disapointed! It was only a passing trip so was purely sight seeing and photo taking so that's all we can really comment on but for those two things alone, it was very spectacular. We stopped at the main area where you will find the beautiful Lodge, the gift shop. info centre and food options. Be aware, the food up there is incredibly expensive. Even just for a Sandwich and Chips. I don't want to quote a number as I cannot remember exactly, but I was actually quite disgusted at how expensive it was. Other than that, I couldn't really fault the place though. Having thoroughly enjouyed the views from the main area, we headed around the West side of the Crater where the road climbs slightly and offers a couple of even more elevated view points that were even better! Didn't get time to do the East side as well, but in all, really recommend Crater Lake

Visited September 2012
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“A Stunning Must See in Oregon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

There are no words that can be said about this utterly beautiful place. The scenery up to the lake is jaw dropping in itself but the views over the lake are ................!!! Like I said words do not express the stunning beauty of this lake. If you happen to be anywhere in Oregon this lake is a definite MUST SEE.
Although your at the snow line in July the day we were there the temperatures were at least 22 degree C

Visited July 2012
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