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Crater Lake National Park (14)  


Park History

The Lake

The Boat

Wizard Island

The Phantom Ship

North Rim

East Rim

South Rim

West Rim

Llao Rock

Sun Notch

Mt. Scott

Park Mountains

Mt. Thielsen

Peripheral Views

Pumice Desert

The Pinnacles

Godfrey Glen

Crater Lake Lodge

Visitor Facilities


Rim Drive



Birds & Animals

Evening & Sunset


Peripheral Views

In addition to the many natural wonders which can be seen within the borders of Crater Lake National Park, the rim and other promontories in the park afford views of many geographical features in southern Oregon and northern California. On a clear day visitors can see as far away as Mt. Shasta, a massive stratovolcano located fully 100 miles away.

In the picture below, the mountain in the foreground is Union Peak, discussed elsewhere on this site. To the left of that mountain is Mt. McLoughlin, which reaches an altitude of 9493 feet. This mountain is some 35 miles away. Mt. McLoughlin is a stratovolcano, built up of alternating layers of ash and lava. This type of volcano is also known as a "composite" volcano.

Mt. Bailey & Diamond Lake One prominent peak north of the park, and visible from the rim, is Mt. Bailey. This mountain rises west of Diamond Lake to an altitude of 8363 feet.

Mt. Bailey is a younger mountain than others in the region, having last erupted between 200,000 and 20,000 years ago. It presents a far less rugged appearance than mountains such as Union Peak and Mt. Thielsen, have been affected far less by the scouring and erosive forces of glaciation, owing to its youth and more modest height.

Several mountains north of Crater Lake National Park can be seen below. In the foreground is Red Cone, within the confines of the park. The snowcapped peaks to the left and right of Red Cone are Mt. Bailey and Mt. Thielsen respectively.

Just west of Mt. Thielsen, Diamond Lake is found a few miles north of the border of the park. It is currently located in the Umpqua National Forest an can be seen in the photograph below. Now a popular resort area, during the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Mazama the ash flow swept across the lake, among many other areas in the vicinity of the mountain.

The Diamond Lake area, outside the borders of Crater Lake National Park, is a popular recreation area. It receives about 1,100,000 visitors per year, which is over twice the number of people who visit the park each year. Diamond Lake itself is 3015 acre lake which is available for fishing and water sports such as swimming and sailing. There is also a small lodge at Diamond Lake which features meals, lodging, gas, supplies, and boats to use on the lake.

Interestingly, the Mt. Bailey/Diamond Lake/Mt. Thielsen area was originally desired to be included inside the boundaries of the national park by William Gladstone Steel and others. Among those were NPS director Stephen Mather. The idea of expanding park boundaries in this direction arose repeatedly, but was finally abandoned for good after World War II.

Klamath Lake and Basin From the rim of the crater to the south Klamath Lake, and the basin in which it is found, can be seen, as in the photograph below. Thick deposits of ash ejected during the eruption of Mt. Mazama can be found in the marsh in the basin. The basin was formed by sinking of the area, with water accumulating in the area creating a shallow lake.

Klamath Lake is a popular recreational area, but also serves as a key resource for fish and waterfowl.

The picture below also shows fires burning in the forests around Klamath Lake. Views from the lake's rim can be obscured by forest fires which occur during the summer. Fire is a force in the forests of the Cascades, although they can of course be very destructive. Within the confines of the park controlled fires are used sparingly by park service personnel.

The high altitude of the lake rim provides outstanding views of the southern Oregon and northern California areas. On a clear day, visibility extends to an average of 105 miles.

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