Crater Lake

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Salem, Oregon
Crater Lake - Picture of the caldera taken from the rim close to Rim village parking lot
Crater Lake - Reached the lake shore after hiking down the steep path and could feel the cold and fresh water of the lake.
Crater Lake - On the way down the path leading to the lake
Crater Lake - My friends and I (in the white jacket) with Wizard Island in the background.
Crater Lake - Picture taken before hike down the steep path towards the lake
Crater Lake - Another shot of Wizard Island from different angle.
Crater Lake - The Wizard Island

Crater Lake Salem Reviews

tsara tsara
4 reviews
Spectacular view of Crater Lake Jun 13, 2012
There was time when you just want to get away from busy life to satisfy your urge to explore. So, when my friends, who were willing to drive 415 miles from California to Roseburg, called me that they wanted to explore Crater Lake I didn’t hesitate to say yes. We met at this very clean and affordable motel in Roseburg, a nice small town only 2 hour drive away from Crater Lake. Crater Lake is considered one of the most spectacular views in the US.

The trip from Roseburg to Crater Lake itself was worth it because we took a scenic drive. The winding road, that passes Rouge River with many small rushing water falls and streams, were jewel to my eyes. We went there in August, yet the snow was still piling high on the side of the road. Luckily the north entrance road was just plowed, so that we could have a smooth drive to the Lake. If not we had to take a detour thru the south entrance which usually adds another 2 hour drives. That year was considered a cold year where the snow still fell in the middle of spring.

The entrance fee is only $10. The drive from welcome booth to Rim Village Visitor parking area doesn’t take that long. Rim Village Visitor parking area are wide enough to accommodate hundreds of cars, RV and tour buses The deep blue water that reflected the clear blue sky surrounded by snow white that covered most of Wizard Island created a sharp contrast on the picture. The deep blue water really enticed us to go down, so we decided to hike a very steep trail down to the lake, which is actually a caldera. It wasn’t that easy to hike down a very steep trail, but we manage to get right by the shore of the lake where we could touch and feel very cold and clean water. We even saw a couple of cute chipmunks that weren’t afraid of people at all even when we tried to get close to them. It seemed that they used to be fed by tourists.

There are several hiking trails from a short and easy one to moderate to difficult and long hiking trails. Total of all there are almost 100 miles hiking trails. Some people who love backpacking will take the longer and challenging hiking trail because it passes so many wonderful views. When Mother Nature is cooperating and provides perfect summer weather, you can see all wild flower blooms and it certainly a wonderful view. Most locals (the Oregonians) go there either RVing or camping. There are many activities that are offered. You can take a boat tour or go fishing or just go for a hike. Reservations are recommended to be made in advance to secure a place to park a trailer/RV or for camping because the area is always filled up quickly during summer time.

Discovery Point trail is an easy hike if you just want to hike close from the parking area. It is located on the west rim. Other moderate and short trails pass thru forest, slope, stream, and meadow with the view of wild flowers usually a short drive away from main parking area. One example is Castle Crest Wildflower Garden Trail, which unfortunately was not passable when I was there because it was a wet and cold summer.
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