Crater Lake in Summer

After my visit last winter, I wanted to visit again when the hikes were all melted out and the boat rides to Wizard Island was running. I went for 3 days in mid-September.

After the 5 hour drive and setting up my campsite, my afternoon hike was from Rim Village to the Watchtower via Discovery Point, a 3+ mile trip one-way.

Plenty of ups and downs along the ridge with good viewpoints

Approaching the Watchtower

From the top

Hillman Peak is the next high point along the ridge

One of the locals on the way back

The next day was mostly for the boat ride. They do a two hour tour around the lake with a ranger giving descriptions, and drop you off at the island for 3 hours during that. You have to hike down the only trail to go to the lakes edge to the boat dock

The lake from water level

Clear, calm water gave great reflections

It's a mile hike to the top of Wizard Island. It has it's own little caldera

The Wizard rim has a lot of dead trees

at the shore

Another hike away from the lake, Godfrey Glen, goes along an eroded canyon

My last day was spent driving the east side of the rim loop and doing some hikes there. One is the Pinnacles - a set of old fumaroles that did not erode.

Mt Scott, the highest point in the park, was my last hike

Plaikney Falls is another short hike

Mt Scott has a lookout on top as well

A panorama of the lake from Mt Scott

From Cloudcap View - the highest paved road in Oregon, about 8000 feet