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Crater Lake National Park

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Crater Lake and the Pumice Desert were formed over 7,000 years ago when Mount Mazama was destroyed during a massive eruption. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and its pristine blue waters are glorious for swimming, scuba diving or for a boat tour of the former volcano. Access to the water and tours are only accessible by a 2.2-mile round trip strenuous hiking trail, which due to extreme snowfalls are only open from June to October. It’s best to check for current conditions beforehand.

Surrounding the lake is the renowned 33-mile Rim Drive. Many observation points, turnouts and interpretive signs offer opportunities to stop and take in the incredible scenery and learn the geologic history of the area. Off of Rim Drive are several trails to explore, including the half-mile Castle Crest Wildflower Garden Trail through a forest to a wetland wildflower-filled meadow which peaks in July and August. Crater Lake National Park also hosts thirty-three miles of The Pacific Crest Trail which stretches from the Mexican to Canadian borders, offering hikers magnificent views of the mountains surrounding the lake and a chance to spot some of the many mammals from the little brown bat to the Roosevelt elk, birds, amphibians and reptiles.



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