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I feel like this photo makes Crater Lake look small, but I promise, it’s a lot bigger than it looks here! It’s actually about 6 miles (10 km) in diameter. The lake formed when a volcano erupted and collapsed, creating a deep crater, which then filled with rain and melted snow over several hundred years.
During our Pacific Northwest road trip, we stopped here on our way from Northern California to Eugene, OR. We had only a few hours to spend (not a ton of time), but we were able to drive the 33-mile loop around the lake and stop at the many beautiful viewpoints along the way!
The drive was a bit harrowing for us height-phobic people 🙃. The road hugged a lot of steep drop-offs that didn’t have guard rails! I’m so not used to this! I learned a great tip before we visited though: If you don’t like heights, drive clockwise around the lake. This will mean you are hugging the crater side of the road, which actually has fewer steep drop-offs than the other side. That seemed counterintuitive to me at first, but when I thought about how the road is basically built in a circle around the side of an old volcano, it makes sense that the outer ring of the road would be next to more downward slopes. So that’s my advice if you are planning a visit and don’t like heights! It’s an incredibly beautiful place though and definitely worth a stop, heights and all!
Do you mind driving along cliff-side roads? Or is it no big deal for you? Are there any places you’ve visited where the drive made you nervous?
I’ll be honest, when we first started talking about visiting Crater Lake Nat’l Park, I wondered what all the fuss was about. It’s a lake, we’ve been to hundreds of lakes... right?
First, its creation - Crater Lake was formed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Mazama 7,700 years ago. The force of the eruption caused the top of the mountain to cave in, creating a caldera, which filled with water. Voila, Crater Lake!
It’s the deepest lake in the United States (9th in the world!) at 1,943’. Known for its crystal clear deep blue water, it has a record depth of clarity measured at 144’ below the surface! There are no rivers flowing in or out of the lake, its water level is maintained completely by precipitation, evaporation, and seepage. That makes it some of the purest water around of which I’m proud to say I both drank and swam in during our visit.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of interesting facts about this place, and it’s gorgeous to boot! Photos don’t do it justice.
Am I geeking out too much for you? That’s how wrong I was about this being ‘just another lake’. New video on our trip to Crater Lake posted on our YouTube channel 👀
“Even Better with Friends” 🐶 Oliver and Chloe play in Crater Lake with Golden Aspens in Somerset, Colorado. 🖼 Each image was printed on Red River Paper and covered with Art Resin. Mounted on wood board with 1 1/2” cradle. 🎯 I actually mounted this dog photo on a different background for the “Man’s Best Friend” show at The Aspen Chapel Gallery, so this one is still available for purchase.
Explored the geothermal wonders in Rotorua including Wai-o-tapu and Waimangu Volcanic Valley’s stunning and steaming crater lakes, a nearby Maori village of Ohinemutu where you can see how the steam is used for cooking, the town’s Kuirau Park with steam oozing here and there, and funky looking bubbling mud pools. Such a cool place!