- Karla Gadea
Crater Lake is located in south-central Oregon and is most famous for its beautiful pristine blue lake. Crater lake is a caldera lake and is 1,949 feet, making it the deepest lake in the United States. In the world, it ranks tenth for maximum depth and third for mean (average) depth. Crater Lake is also known for the “Old Man of the Lake”, a full-sized tree which is now a stump that has been bobbing vertically in the lake for over a century. Crater Lake has two islands: Wizard Island and Phantom Ship. There are plenty of wildlife for viewing and wildflowers. The lake is 5 miles by 6 miles across with the caldera rim from 7,000 to 8,000 feet. The waters of Crater Lake are some of the purest in the world because of the absence of pollutants.
Crater lake is surrounded by cliffs and is fed entirely by rain and snow. The volcano which Crater Lake rests on once stood 12,000 feet before it collapsed about 7,700 years ago. Crater Lake itself occupies less than 10% of the park. Beyond the lake, old-growth forests blanket the landscape. Established in 1902, the park protects 15 species of conifers, from towering ponderosa pines to ancient whitebark pines. These trees shelter a wide array of wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, elk, and spotted owls.
Hike Through Pinnacles Valley(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): Visitors can witness volcanic spires in canton walls. These needle-like formations of rock, called fossil fumaroles, projecting from the Sand Creek Canyon floor, were formed under sheets of volcanic pumice that preceded Mazama’s collapse. As the surface of the hot pumice cooled over the years, steam and gasses were released by the hot rocks underneath through vents and tubes that were welded into cement hardness by their passage. These ancient vents now stand alone due to the erosion of the surrounding softer materials. This is an easy 1-mile trail.
Garfield Peak Trail(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): Garfield Peak Trail is a 3.5-mile hike with 1,010 feet elevation. The hike leads to a beautiful panoramic view of Crater Lake and various peaks. The Garfield Peak Trail leads to the 2nd highest peak in the park and is one of the best hikes for those looking to breathe in all its expansive wonder. any spot you choose to rest will yield an incredible view. Catch the trailhead behind the Crater Lake Lodge in the Rim Village. If you are facing the lake with your back to the lodge, the trail begins a 5-minute walk down the sidewalk on your right. The trail follows the perimeter of the lake with switchbacks that take you past distant peaks and through all sorts of foliage.
Toketee Falls: Toketee Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in all of Oregon, renowned far and wide for the graceful columnar basalt formation framing the two-stepped falls. This is a 4 mile round trip. The North Umpqua River carved a gorge out of the lava flow, which has resulted in a waterfall of 113 feet in height followed by an 85 foot plunge into a large pool. The Toketee Falls trailhead can be found 1/2 mile north of Highway 138 near Toketee Lake, itself about 43 miles east of Glide or 16 miles west of Diamond Lake. Simply watch for the road signs. The trail leading to the viewpoint is about 1/3 of a mile in length and while it is not designed for the disabled, it is well graded and easy to travel.
Plaikni Falls Trail: Plaikni Falls Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Chiloquin, OR that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.The trail travels through the trees and along rocky bluffs until it hits Sand Creek where it opens up to wildflowers and lush vegetation at the base of Plaikni Falls.
Fishing on Davis Lake: On Davis Lake finish if only allowed with barbless files and visitors may only catch flying fish. Davis Lake is one of the major fishing destinations among the cluster of lakes in central Oregon. The lake was once known as a go-to spot for really big rainbow trout, but largemouth bass were illegally introduced to the Davis Lake in the 90s and they have now taken over. There is no limit on the size or number of bass that can be kept, which helps maintain the trout fishery.
Summit MT.Thielsen(Early Summer)(Intermediate): Hike up to see amazing views of Central and Southern Oregon from the Summit of Mt. Thielsen. Some areas of this hike has serious exposure of 2200 foot drops. Weather is the most danger in this climb so visitors are recommended to check weather forecasts before beginning this hike. The most popular and least technical route to the summit is the West Ridge/Mt Thielsen Trail. The trailhead is just east of Diamond Lake on Highway 138. Gain access to the trail by parking at the Mt Thielsen trailhead and hiking 3-4 miles to its junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Cross the PCT and head up the West Ridge to the base of the summit horn (about 5 miles total to summit).
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Additional Logding Options
Holiday Inn (375 W. Harvard Blvd., Roseburg, OR 97470)
Phone: (541) 673-7517
Best Western Garden Villa Inn (760 NW Garden Valley Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97470)
Phone: (541) 672-1601
Windmill Inn of Roseburg (1450 NW Mulholland Dr, Roseburg, OR 97470)
Phone: (541) 673-0901