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Views and Hikes in Crater Lake

Crater Lake in Oregon is almost untouched, heaven on earth. Too good to be true, serene beauty.

On this page, learn all about where to hike, stay and do in and around Crater Lake.

Getting ready to hike at Crate Lake!
Crater Lake, Oregon

Here are some basic questions I can answer for you:

What's so unique about Crater Lake?

Crater Lake was formed 7,700 years ago when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. This volcano was called Mount Mazama and was an important symbol to the native Makalak people who lived in that area. The blue lake water is very pure - fed only by rain and snow. It is the deepest lake in the USA, and perhaps one of the cleanest lakes in the world! It is also one of the snowiest places in the US - with an average of 43 feet of snow every year.

When is the best time to visit?

Summer is the most popular time to visit Crater Lake. If you are into snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, then Winter time will work for you.

What should I do at Crater Lake?

First, review the Crater Lake National Parks government website:

Start with the Rim Visitor Center in the Rim Village. Pick up maps, review all the hikes and choose the ones you want to do. Of course, if you want to just sit by the ledges and enjoy the view, that's an option too.

We did both. We hung out by the rim for a bit and had lunch by a vista point.

Photos below: This is us, just chilling and enjoying the view, and admiring the Wizard Island that rises out of the lake. And although the 400,000 year old island looks small in the picture below, it is actually really big, made of erosion-resistant lava.

Then, it was time to hike! We decided to do three hikes, and we were SO exhausted by the end of it but it was worth it. This board by the Rim Center made it easy for us to choose which ones to pick.

Choose your hikes!
Walks and Hikes Board, Crater Lake

These were our hikes:

Watchman Peak

We climbed up a hill to see the entire lake!

Cleetwood Cove

Strenuous hike down the mountain to touch (and if you