Primitive camping seemed to be the price we paid for seeing Crater Lake, although my memories of primitive camping are becoming nostalgic again. It is a good thing I did a post on it so when I think I want to do primitive camping I can sharpen up that memory.
Crater Lake was formed around 7,000 – 8,000 years ago when Mount Mazama erupted with a big bang and then collapsed into itself. The lake that formed in the center is 1,949 feet deep (594 m), the deepest lake in the US and the 9th deepest in the world. The crater rim is 1,000 feet above the lake and the drive around the rim provides many places to stop to view the lake and surrounding mountains. Here is a gallery of my favorite photos from this area. I have provided short descriptions of some of them that you can read by clicking on any photo to enter the slide show.