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Summer/Fall Visitor Guide to Crater Lake National Park (NP) in Oregon. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Crater Lake Crater Lake National Park National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Refections Visitor Guide Summer/Fall 2022 View from Mount Scott at Sunrise Welcome to Crater Lake! We are looking forward to an exciting summer in the park. Although we are not completely Craig Ackerman Superintendent past the pandemic and its effects, we are returning to more normal operations. Trolley tours and other activities will once again be available to help you explore the wonders to be discovered here. While we are more fully staffed than last year, we are still limited in the services and facilities that we can provide, so we ask you to exercise good planning, judgment, and patience while exploring the park and nearby areas. Please review the rules on page 2 to protect yourself from harm and park resources from damage. Be prepared with proper clothing and footwear, food, water, and sunscreen. And pack plenty of consideration and courtesy. Report problems to a ranger and offer help to people you observe who may need assistance. It will make the park a better place for everyone, and you will be rewarded in knowing that you contributed to the protection and enhancement of one of the most special places on Earth. Catch a Rising Star Plus 10 Other Ways to Enjoy Your Park Watching the sun rise (or set) in the park can be an unforgettable experience. The overlooks on the Rim Drive, with their unobstructed views, are great places to observe the sun’s daily rituals, as well as other celestial events. For many travelers, spending dawn or dusk on the rim of Crater Lake is a highlight of their park visit. When the winds are calm, the lake becomes a perfect mirror of the sky. Rotary Plow at Rim Village If sunrises and sunsets don’t ft into your schedule, there are many other ways to make your Crater Lake visit memorable, meaningful, and fun. Here are 10 suggestions: Circle the Lake Find the Phantom Ship Photograph the Pinnacles Have a Picnic Visit the Sinnott Overlook Touch the Water Climb a Peak Take a Trolley Tour Rim Drive is a 33-mile (53-km) paved road around Crater Lake. More than 30 pullouts ofer excellent views of the park’s scenery. Allow 2 to 3 hours (see page 5). Formed by the same eruption that gave birth to the lake, these colorful volcanic spires are tucked away in the park’s southeast corner (see page 5). Perched on a clif at Rim Village, this historic overlook features a dramatic view of the caldera and exhibits that explain its geologic features (see page 3). The summits of Garfeld Peak, Watchman Peak, and Mount Scott each ofer spectacular—and very diferent—views of Crater Lake (see page 4). Watch for Wildfowers From late June to mid-August, fowers line many of the park’s roads and trails. Take a short stroll on the Castle Crest Trail to view the park’s premier display (see page 4). Park Profle That’s also why the most popular spots for sunset are Watchman Overlook and Watchman Peak, where you can enjoy the last rays of light on the lake and then watch the sun descend over a dozen ridgetops between the park and the Pacifc Ocean. Hours & Seasons No reservations are needed to enter the park. It is open year-round, 24 hours a day. Some roads, however, are closed seasonally due to snow. The park’s North Entrance and Rim Drive close for the season on November 1 (or earlier if there is signifcant snowfall). Crews start plowing these roads in April, but opening dates vary. The North Entrance and West Rim Drive open sometime between mid-May and late June. The East Rim Drive opens between mid-June and late July. Highway 62 and the road to Rim Village are plowed year-round. Look Inside! Opinions difer, though, as to the best vantage points. At dawn, some people head to the West Rim—to Discovery Point, Watchman Overlook, or the top of Watchman Peak. From these outposts, the waters of the lake sometimes glow in shades of orange, pink, and purple. As soon as the sun breaks the horizon, however, seeing the lake from these places means staring into the light, and opportunities for photographs diminish. That’s why other people prefer to station themselves along the East Rim Drive (or even hike to the summit of Mount Scott) at sunrise, in order to have the sun at their back when viewing the lake. Sunrise from Watchman Peak 2... Activities, Park Rules 3... Food and Other Services 4... Hiking Trails 5... Map, Scenic Viewpoints 6... In the News: Algae Bloom 7... In the News: Rare Foxes 8... Recommended Reading Anchored near the lake’s south shore is an island that seems to be sailing away. To see it, walk to Sun Notch or drive to the viewpoint named in its honor (see page 5). Crater Lake National Park protects the deepest lake in the United States. Fed by rain and snow (but no rivers or streams), the lake is considered to be the cleanest large body of water in the world. The water is exceptional for its clarity and intense blue color. The lake rests inside a caldera formed 7,700 years ago when a 12,000-foottall (3,600-meter) volcano collapsed following a major eruption. The eruption may have been the largest in North America in the past 640,000 years. Later eruptions formed Wizard Island, a cinder cone near the southwest shore. Today, old-growth forests blanket the volcano’s slopes, harboring more than 700 native plant species and at least 72 types of mammals. The park is central to the cultural traditions of local American Indian tribes, whose ancestors witnessed the lake’s formation. • Park established: 1902 • Size: 183,224 acres (74,148 hectares) • Number of visitors last year: 648,000 • Lake depth: 1,943 feet (592 meters) • Lake width: 4.5 to 6 miles (7 to 10 km) • Highest point: Mount Scott, elevation 8,929 feet (2,721 meters) The pullouts and picnic areas on the Rim Drive are perfect for outdoor eating. Stop by the Rim Village Café or Mazama Village Store for grab-and-go sandwiches. The trail to the lake shore is steep and can be crowded, but the water at the bottom is some of the world’s purest. Swim, fsh, or simply dangle your toes (see page 2). See the park with those who know it best. Ranger-narrated, 2-hour tours depart daily from Rim Village, stopping at overlooks as they loop around the lake (see page 3). View the Milky Way On moonless nights, the park ofers some of the darkest night skies in America. Look up to see meteors, satellites, planets, and the starry arms of our galaxy. Artist Paul Rockwood’s conception of Mount Mazama, the volcano that collapsed to form Crater Lake. If you gathered up the ash from the mountain’s big eruption and spread it evenly across the state of Oregon, it would form a layer 8 inches (20 cm) thick. Bicycling Around the Lake National Park Service U.S. Dept. of the Interior Summer Sunset Activities Backpacking Crater Lake Visitor Guide Summer/Fall 2022 This is the offcial newspaper of Crater Lake National Park. It is published twice a year and funded by the Crater Lake Natural History Association through sales made in the visitor center bookstores. Park Phone: 541-594-3000 Website: www.nps.gov/crla Mail: PO Box 7, Crater Lake, OR 97604 Email: email@example.com Know the Rules National parks belong to everyone. We all share responsibility in protecting them. Please take a moment to become familiar with these important regulations. For a full list of park rules, visit www.nps.gov/crla. Drones Operating remote-controlled aircraft in the park is prohibited. Guns Firearms are allowed in the park in accordance with Oregon state laws. They are prohibited, however, in all park buildings. Marijuana Possession of marijuana is prohibited. Oregon state laws allowing the use of marijuana do not apply in the park, an area of federal jurisdiction. Overnight Parking The park is open 24 hours, but overnight parking is not allowed, except in the park’s campgrounds, for guests at the park’s hotels, and for backpackers (permit required). Feeding Animals Do not feed wildlife, including birds and squirrels. Exposing them to our food alters their behavior, is bad for their health, and can be dangerous for you. Store food properly. Generally, this means in your vehicle or in a campground food locker. Backcountry campers should hang their food or use a bearproof canister. Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel Help keep wildlife wild. Please do not feed! Before setting out, all backpackers must obtain a permit, in person, from the Ranger Station at Park Headquarters. (The one exception is through-hikers on the Pacifc Crest Trail, who may instead sign a trail register as they enter the park.) Backcountry permits are free of charge and are available between 8 am and 4:30 pm daily. They are not available after hours or over the phone. Bicycling Bicycles are allowed on paved roads and the unpaved Grayback Road. They are not allowed on trails, or of-trail. Helmets are required for riders under 16 years of age and are strongly recommended for all cyclists. The park’s paved roads are narrow with heavy automobile trafc. The most popular trip in the park is the 33-mile (53-km) Rim Drive, featuring spectacular views but also long climbs that gain a total of 3,800 feet (1,158 meters) in elevation. For a fatter, more relaxing ride, try the paved, 11-mile (18-km) bike path around Diamond Lake, 5 miles (8 km) north of the park. The closest place to rent bikes is Diamond Lake Resort. The park’s annual “Ride the Rim” event will be taking place on September 10 and September 17 this year. The East Rim Drive will be closed to automobiles, giving bicyclists and pedestrians a chance to enjoy 24 miles (39 km) of scenic roadway without vehicle noise and trafc. Visit www.ridetherimoregon.com to learn more. Enjoying the Park with Your Pet Pets are welcome in the park, but only in certain areas. Pets on leash are allowed on the Godfrey Glen Trail, Lady of the Woods Trail, Grayback Road, and Pacifc Crest Trail (see page 4). Leashes must not exceed 6 feet, and only one pet per hiker is allowed. Pets are not permitted on other trails or of-trail. Pets on leash (or otherwise physically restrained) are also allowed in picnic areas, campgrounds, parking lots, on paved surfaces, and up to 50 feet (15 meters) away from paved surfaces. Popular places to walk a dog include Rim Village and Mazama Campground. Pets are not allowed inside buildings, including Crater Lake Lodge and The Cabins at Mazama Village. The preced- ing rules do not apply to service animals here to assist people with disabilities. Solid waste must be picked up immediately and disposed of properly, in a trash can or toilet. Junior Ranger Program Are you between 6 and 12 years old, or a kid at heart? Pick up a free Junior Ranger activity book! They are available 24 hours a day from dispensers in front of the Rim Village Visitor Center and Mazama Village Visitor Center. To become a Junior Ranger and earn an ofcial badge, complete at least 7 pages as you explore the park. Then show your book to a ranger at either visitor center (see hours on next page). If we are closed, you can deposit your book in the after-hours drop box outside the visitor center, and we will send you a badge through the mail. Alternately, you can send your fnished book to the address on its front cover, or ask an adult to scan or photograph the pages and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. More activities are available online. Visit www.nps.gov/crla to watch engaging videos about Crater Lake and earn virtual badges. Wildlife Viewing The park is home to a variety of animals, but they can be difcult to spot. Many are active primarily at night or shy away from humans. The most commonly seen animals are squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, ravens, jays, and deer. Lucky observers might spot a pika, porcupine, fox, coyote, wolf, marten (a type of weasel), bald eagle, owl, or herd of elk. Bobcats and mountain lions are present but are rarely seen. Approximately 50 black bears live in the park, but they also prefer to stay hidden. You might see one crossing a road. The only creatures that tend to pester people are mosquitoes (from mid-June through July) and yellowjacket wasps (in August and September). Accessibility Except for the Sinnott Overlook, developed areas in the park are generally accessible to individuals with mobility impairments. The most accessible path for people using wheelchairs is the paved promenade at Rim Village. The Godfrey Glen, Sun Notch, Pinnacles, and Plaikni Falls trails are accessible to all-terrain wheelchair users with assistance (see page 4). Many pullouts on the Rim Drive have wheelchair-accessible wayside exhibits. We are working hard to improve our level of accessibility for all park visitors. We welcome your comments. Park Features Leave rocks, plants, animals, and artifacts undisturbed for others to enjoy. It is prohibited to collect, deface, disturb, or destroy natural or cultural features. Do not approach, touch, feed, or disturb wildlife. Sky Gazing With clean air and unobstructed views, the rim of Crater Lake is a great place to observe astronomical events. Discovery Point is a favorite spot to watch the sunrise. For sunsets and moonrises, try Watchman Overlook, Cloudcap Overlook, or hike to the top of Watchman Peak. Fishing Crater Lake is home to rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Neither is native to the lake. Fishing is allowed at the bottom of the Cleetwood Cove Trail, where you’ll fnd a short stretch of rocky shoreline. Fishing licenses are not necessary. There are no restrictions on the size, number, or type of fsh taken. Fish may be released or kept. To prevent the introduction of other nonnative organisms, no organic bait of any kind may be used. This includes fsh eggs, PowerBait, and live or dead fsh. Fishing is limited to artifcial lures and fies only. Swimming Swimming is allowed in Crater Lake, but the water is cold! Most people swim for just a few minutes. Swimming is permitted only at the bottom of the Cleetwood Cove Trail. The shoreline is rough and rocky; there are no beaches, and no lifeguards are on duty. Swimmers must stay within 100 yards (91 meters) of shore and not venture out of Cleetwood Cove. Long-distance swimming is prohibited. To prevent the introduction of non-native organisms, the use of equipment other than standard swimsuits is forbidden. Wetsuits, snorkels, fns, goggles, life jackets, and other fotation aids are not allowed, as well as other gear—such as rafts, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards—that could serve as potential vectors for invasive species. Hiking to Cleetwood Cove The Cleetwood Cove Trail is the only legal access to the shore of Crater Lake. The hike is steep and strenuous: in 1.1 miles (1.7 km) it drops 700 feet (213 meters) in elevation. Walking back up is equivalent to climbing 65 fights of stairs! The trail is recommended only for those in good physical condition. It should not be attempted by anyone with heart, breathing, or walking problems. It is not accessible for people with mobility impairments. Hikers should wear sturdy footwear and carry water. Vault toilets are located in the parking lot at the top of the trail. Depending on snow conditions, the trail is usually open from mid-June to late October. Rim Drive Lake Shore The strenuous trail to Cleetwood Cove drops 700 feet (213 meters) in elevation. Best Friends at Rim Village 2 Sightseeing on the East Rim Drive Black Bear Crossing the Pinnacles Road SKETCH FROM ROAD GUIDE TO CRATER LAKE Hiking and Climbing Stay on trails. This prevents erosion, protects vegetation, and protects other hikers. The Cleetwood Cove Trail is the only legal access to the lake shore. Hiking and climbing inside the caldera is otherwise prohibited. The walls consist of unstable rocks and loose soil. Over 95% of the park is managed as wilderness. Although some trails and locations are closed to backcountry camping (for example, there is no camping in the summer with a view of the lake), exploring the park’s old-growth forests and volcanic landscapes can be a rewarding experience. Generally, backpackers must travel at least 1 mile from their vehicle in order to camp. Junior Rangers Sinnott Overlook Services & Facilities This information was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. To fnd out the current status of park facilities and hours of operation, check one of the information boards located around the park. Emergencies Dial 911 to report any emergency, 24 hours a day. First aid is available at the Ranger Station at Park Headquarters (8 am–4:30 pm). Restrooms Restrooms with fush toilets and running water are open 24 hours a day at Rim Village and Mazama Campground. Vault toilets are located near all three park entrances (West, South, and North) and at 6 other places around the park (see map on page 5). Drinking Water Water fountains can be found outside the Rim Village Visitor Center and Mazama Village Store. You can buy bottled water at the Rim Village Gift Shop, Annie Creek Gift Shop, and Mazama Village Store (see hours below). Food & Dining The Rim Village Café serves grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and snacks. May 13–Sept. 25 ...... 9 am–6 pm Sept. 26–Oct. 26 ..... 10 am–5 pm Oct. 27–Dec. 31 ..... 10 am–4 pm* *closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays The Annie Creek Restaurant in Mazama Village serves pizza, burgers, and more. May 20–June 30 ..... 11 am–8 pm July 1–Sept. 24 ....... 11 am–9 pm The Mazama Village Store sells groceries, snacks, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, camping supplies, frewood, and gasoline. May 20–June 9 ...... 10 am–6 pm June 10–30 ............ 10 am–7 pm July 1–Sept. 4 ......... 9 am–9 pm Sept. 5–Sept. 25 ..... 10 am–7 pm Sept. 26–Oct. 9 ...... 10 am–6 pm* *gas pumps only; store closed Crater Lake Lodge also serves meals. During times of high community Covid transmission, however, food will be available only to overnight guests of the Lodge and the Mazama Village cabins. May 13 –Oct. 8: Breakfast .......... 7:30 am–10 am Lunch ............. Box lunches for overnight guests Dinner ........ 5–6 pm (everyone) 6–10 pm (guests only) Appetizers, drinks, and desserts are also available, 3–10 pm, in the Great Hall and on the back patio. Trolley Tour Visitor Centers At the park’s two visitor centers, rangers are available to answer questions and help plan your visit. The Mazama Village Visitor Center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. The Rim Village Visitor Center is open 9:30 am–5 pm daily from late May to late September. Junior Ranger activity books are available from an outdoor dispenser. The park’s souvenir passport stamp is available during business hours (it’s the same design at each location). The nonproft Crater Lake Natural History Association sells books, maps, postcards, and souvenirs. The Steel Visitor Center at Park Headquarters, normally open yearround, is currently closed for rehabilitation. It should reopen by the end of 2022. Exhibits Perched on a rock ledge behind the Rim Village Visitor Center, the Sinnott Overlook has geology exhibits, a relief model, and a spectacular lake view. It’s open 9:30 am–5 pm daily from mid-June through September and 10 am–4 pm in October (weather permitting). The overlook is located down a steep, historic walkway with stairs and, unfortunately, is not accessible to people with limited mobility. At Crater Lake Lodge, exhibits on tourism and the history and renovation of the Lodge can be found on the ground foor, west of the lobby. They are available around-the-clock, May 13–October 8. Gifts & Books The Crater Lake Natural History Association sells books, maps, postcards, and souvenirs inside the Rim Village Visitor Center and Mazama Village Visitor Center (see hours above). Park concessioner Crater Lake Hospitality also ofers a range of merchandise at the Rim Village Gift Shop (same hours as the Rim Village Café, see left), the Annie Creek Gift Shop in Mazama Village (same hours as the Annie Creek Restaurant, see left), and the Mazama Village Store (see hours at left). Post Offce A US Post Ofce is open 9 am–12 pm and 1–3 pm (except Sundays and holidays) inside the Mazama Village Visitor Center. Lost & Found Photographer on Watchman Peak Bird-Banding Program Campgrounds Lodges Mazama Campground has a total of 214 sites for tents and RVs. It is operated by Crater Lake Hospitality and will be open this year July 1–September 24. Senior Pass and Access Pass holders are entitled to a 50% discount on campsites. All sites are reservable in advance (www. travelcraterlake.com or 866-292-6720), with any remaining sites available on a frst-come, frst-served basis starting at 12 pm each day at the Mazama Village Store. If needed, you can reach the campground directly at 541-594-2255, extension 3. The campground has fush toilets, drinking water, and a dump station. Each campsite has a picnic table, fre ring, and food locker. Black bears tend to avoid the campground, but all food should be stored in a food locker or a vehicle. The park’s other campground, Lost Creek Campground, is closed this year. For a list of campgrounds outside the park, visit www.nps.gov/crla. Trolley Tours Rim Drive is one of America’s most scenic roads, but it’s hard to appreciate the views with your eyes on the asphalt. Fortunately, you can leave the driving to someone else—while learning about the park at the same time! Ranger-narrated trolley tours circle Crater Lake daily. Tours begin and end at Rim Village, spend 2 hours traveling clockwise around the lake, and stop at 5 to 10 scenic overlooks, where passengers can disembark for a few minutes to enjoy the view. Tours depart hourly from 10 am to 3 pm, July through September (weather permitting). Tickets may be purchased between 9 am and 3 pm by calling 541-882-1896 or aboard the trolley parked in the middle of Rim Village. Tickets may also be reserved online at www.craterlaketrolley.net. The trolleys are wheelchair accessible and seat about 20 passengers. They resemble old streetcars, but they run on modern technology: most are powered by compressed natural gas and emit 30-40% less pollution than gasoline-powered vehicles. They are owned and operated by The Shuttle Inc. of Klamath Falls. The park has two hotels, both operated by Crater Lake Hospitality. Historic Crater Lake Lodge, which frst opened in 1915, overlooks the lake at Rim Village. It has 71 rooms and is open May 13–October 8. The Cabins at Mazama Village consist of 40 units and are open May 20–September 24. For both facilities, advance reservations are highly recommended: call 866-292-6720 or book online at www.travelcraterlake.com. For a list of options outside the park, visit www.nps.gov/crla. Gasoline & EV Self-serve, unleaded gasoline is available at the Mazama Village Store during business hours from May 20–October 9 (see hours, below left). A charging station for electric vehicles is located in front of the Annie Creek Gift Shop in Mazama Village. It has one standard connector an d one Tesla connector. Bird-Banding Demonstrations Have you ever seen a bird up close? Join a ranger to learn about the park’s birds while watching scientists from the Klamath Bird Observatory mark them with identifying bands. Programs are held most Tuesday mornings through October 4. They are free of charge, last 1 hour, involve a short walk, and take place in the vicinity of Park Headquarters. Advance registration is required, and space is limited. Register online (and learn more) at www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/ bird-banding.htm. Other Ranger Programs Additional activities will likely be offered this summer, but they have not been confrmed at the time of publication. For the latest schedule, stop by a visitor center, see fyers posted in the campground, or check one of the information boards located around the park. Visit the Ranger Station at Park Headquarters (8 am–4:30 pm) or call 541-594-3060. Phone & Internet Cell reception in the park is spotty. You may have luck at overlooks on the Rim Drive. An emergency landline can be found outside the “snow tunnel” entrance to the Administration Building at Park Headquarters. WiFi with limited bandwidth may be available at the park’s concession-run facilities. Climate Chart Most days in July, August, and September are warm and sunny. In May, June, and October, clear days alternate with periods of rain and snow. Winters are long. Storms from the Pacifc Ocean dump an average of 42 feet (13 meters) of snow at Park Headquarters! The park’s tremendous snowfall is a result of its position at the crest of the Cascade Mountains. FAHRENHEIT Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Average Daily High (ºF) 34 35 37 42 50 58 Average Daily Low (ºF) 18 18 19 23 29 34 Average Snowfall (inches) 100 81 83 45 19 4 Avg. Snow Depth (inches) 78 100 115 110 75 23 Avg. Lake Surface Temp. (ºF) 39 38 37 38 40 47 CELSIUS Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Average Daily High (ºC) 1 2 3 6 10 15 Average Daily Low (ºC) -8 -8 -7 -5 -2 1 Average Snowfall (cm) 254 206 211 115 49 9 Avg. Snow Depth (cm) 199 254 291 280 191 59 Avg. Lake Surface Temp. (ºC) 4 3 3 3 4 8 Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 69 41 0.2 1 57 69 63 41 37 0.1 3 0 0 60 57 52 31 21 2 51 40 24 61 16 44 34 19 93 47 40 Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 21 21 17 5 5 3 0.5 0.3 7 3 0 1 14 16 14 11 4 1 -1 -5 -7 53 155 237 6 42 119 10 7 5 Air temperature and snowfall averages are from Park Headquarters, 1931-2019. Water temperatures are from 1965-2019. Fishing at Cleetwood Cove Crater Lake Lodge 3 Swimmers at Cleetwood Cove Let’s Go for a Hike! Hi, I’m Ranger Stephanie. We have 90 miles (145 km) of hiking trails here at Crater Lake. Our most popular day hikes are listed on this page. If you are visiting in June or early July, be aware that some trails might still be closed by snow. Please help us protect this special place by following a few important rules: Lewis Monkeyfower on the Castle Crest Trail No hiking or climbing inside the caldera! The walls are dangerously steep and unstable. The one exception is the Cleetwood Cove Trail, the only legal access to the lake shore. Leave all rocks, plants, animals, and artifacts undisturbed for the enjoyment of future hikers. Overnight backpacking requires a permit, available at the Ranger Station at Park Head- quarters between 8 am and 4:30 pm. Some areas are not open to backcountry camping. Pets are allowed on the Godfrey Glen Trail, Lady of the Woods Trail, Grayback Road, and Hiker atop Garfeld Peak Pacifc Crest Trail. Pets must be leashed; only one pet per hiker is allowed (see page 2). To protect vegetation and prevent erosion, please stay on the trails. Castle Crest Lady of the Woods Sun Notch 0.5 miles (0.8 km) loop trail 0.7 miles (1.1 km) loop trail 0.8 miles (1.3 km) loop trail 100 feet (30 meters) 120 feet (37 meters) 150 feet (46 meters) 20 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes Flowers, Meadow, Creek Historic Architecture Views of Phantom Ship Loop trail through a lush meadow. Abundant wildfowers from mid-July to mid-August. The trail is rocky and slippery in places. Self-guiding brochures are available at the trailhead. Loop trail around Park Headquarters. Self-guiding brochures, available at the trailhead, describe how early park architects integrated their designs with the natural landscape. Short uphill walk through a meadow to the rim of Crater Lake. Great views of the Phantom Ship. Use caution near cliff edges. Accessible to strong, all-terrain wheelchair users with assistance. East Rim Drive, 0.5 miles (0.8 km) east of Park Headquarters. Can also walk there from Park Headquarters. Next to the Ranger Station at Park Headquarters, south of the Steel Visitor Center. East Rim Drive, 4.4 miles (7.1 km) east of Park Headquarters. The fowers here are nourished by springs emerging from the hillside. The trail’s name refers to a sculpture of a woman carved into a boulder along the trail. This U-shaped valley was carved by glaciers that once fowed down Mt. Mazama. Trail The Pinnacles Godfrey Glen Plaikni Falls Roundtrip 0.8 miles (1.3 km) 1.1 miles (1.8 km) loop trail 2.0 miles (3.2 km) Elevation Gain 10 feet (3 meters) 50 feet (15 meters) 100 feet (30 meters) 30 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour Highlight Volcanic Spires Peaceful Forest Waterfall, Flowers Description Easy walk along the rim of Pinnacle Valley. Great views of volcanic spires. Use caution near cliffs. Trail ends at park boundary. Accessible to all-terrain wheelchair users with assistance. Easy stroll through an oldgrowth forest, with some canyon views. Accessible to all-terrain wheelchair users with assistance. Self-guiding brochures are available at the trailhead. Easy walk through an oldgrowth forest to a waterfall. Many mid-summer fowers. The frst 3 is accessible to all-terrain wheelchair users with assistance, but the fnal ¼ might be too steep. Trailhead Location End of the Pinnacles Road, 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of the Phantom Ship Overlook. 2.4 miles (3.9 km) south of Park Headquarters. Pinnacles Road, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) southeast of the Phantom Ship Overlook. Nature Note The Pinnacles are chimneys formed when hot ash cooled after the big eruption. Trail is named after William Godfrey, a ranger who died in a blizzard here in 1930. Snowmelt, not Crater Lake, is the source of Plaikni Falls’ water. Time Easy tom Ship The Phan Notch from Sun Easy Discovery Point Watchman Peak Annie Creek Boundary Springs 1.6 miles (2.6 km) 1.7 miles (2.7 km) loop trail 5.0 miles (8.0 km) 420 feet (128 meters) 200 feet (61 meters) 400 feet (122 meters) 1 hour 1½ hours 3 hours Highlight Panoramic Views Creek, Canyon, Flowers Springs, Stream, Flowers The frst mile of a 6-mile (9.7-km) trail along the West Rim of Crater Lake, through a pretty, old-growth forest. Great views of the lake and Wizard Island. Use caution near cliff edges. Description Moderate ascent to a fre lookout above Wizard Island. Spectacular views in all directions. Great place to watch the sunset. Trail may be closed until late July due to snow. Moderately strenuous hike through a deep, streamcut canyon. Lots of water, wildfowers, and sometimes wildlife. Self-guiding brochures are available at the trailhead. Moderate walk to the large springs that represent the headwaters of the Rogue River. Trail starts outside the park’s northwest corner and is shown on the map in the offcial park brochure. West end of Rim Village, where the paved walk becomes a dirt path. Can also start from Discovery Point. Trailhead Location Watchman Overlook, 3.8 miles (6.1 km) northwest of Rim Village on the West Rim Drive. Mazama Campground, behind the amphitheater (between loops D and E). Limited parking in Loop E. Pullout on Highway 230 near milepost 19, 5 miles (8 km) west of the junction with Highway 138. Gold prospector John Wesley Hillman frst spotted Crater Lake near this point in 1853. Nature Note Built in 1932, the peak’s historic fre lookout is still used by rangers today. The canyon is carved into a layer of ash—200 feet (60 m) thick—from the big eruption. The trail passes through a forest blackened by wildfre in 2015. 2.0 miles (3.2 km) Roundtrip 100 feet (30 meters) Elevation Gain 1 hour Lake Views Plaikni Falls Trail Time Moderate Cleetwood Cove Garfeld Peak Mount Scott Trail Crater Peak Union Peak Pacifc Crest 2.2 miles (3.5 km) 3.6 miles (5.8 km) 4.4 miles (7.1 km) Roundtrip 6.5 miles (10.5 km) 9.8 miles (15.8 km) 2,650 mi (4,265 km) 1-way 700 feet (213 meters) 1,010 feet (308 meters) 1,250 feet (381 meters) Elevation Gain 765 feet (233 meters) 1,600 feet (448 meters) 489,000 feet (149,000 m) 1½ hours 2 to 3 hours 3 hours Swimming, Fishing Panoramic Views Panoramic Views The only legal access to the shore of Crater Lake. Strenuous trail with a steep grade, leading to a rocky shoreline. See page 2 for information on swimming and fshing. Rocky climb to a high peak. Spectacular views along the way and at the top. Diverse plant life, many wi