A visit to Crater Lake
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June 28th, 2008 – by: ClearSkies
Crater Lake lies in southwest Oregon, United States, in Crater Lake National Park. It is about 245 miles south of Portland, OR, 80 miles northeast of Medford, OR, or about 60 miles north of Klamath Falls. Like all parks in the U.S. national park system, there is a $10 charge to drive a vehicle into the park through either its north or south entrance. This will give you a 7-day pass that will enable you to re-enter the park as many times as you wish during that time.
The formation of Crater Lake began about 6,000 years ago. Before that time, Mount Mazama had been building up through repeated volcanic eruptions. A particularly active period practically emptied the magma chamber below the mountain. Without its support, much of the top part of the mountain collapsed to form a massive caldera, or crater. Over the centuries, this crater filled with water due to rain and snow melt, even while subsequent, but historically less severe, eruptions continued within the newly formed crater.
Activities at the lake are varied. There are numerous hiking trails within the park offering a range of lengths and difficulties.
Crater Lake has always been on my list of things to see before I die. We had a tight road schedule to keep so we were at the lake for only an hour or so. If I had a day to myself or with another adventurous person I'd take advantage of the hiking trails and absorb the view from the top of Wizard Island! I definitely have to go back to accomplish that.
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