Archive for July 12th, 2014

12
Jul
14

Crater Lake: Cleetwood Cove Trail

Since Crater Lake has only one legal way to get down to the lake, I decided to hike down.  Cleetwood Cove Trail is a little over a mile (1.6 kilometers) long and drops 700 feet or about 230 meters.  The trail is rated as strenuous.  The hike down is not strenuous at all, but the hike back up, that’s entirely different.

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Ranger guided boat tours and a ride out to Wizard Island are available for a fee, running from free for the little ones (under five) up to $37.00 for an adult.  Children aged five to thirteen and seniors get a price break.

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I didn’t go for the boat ride.  I hiked the trail because of the stunning views and because it was there.

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Cleetwood Cove Trail zigzags down to the boat landing and I saw people of all ages, sizes and shapes enjoying the walk down.  Two fisherman had gone down before the rangers, and I arrived just as the rangers made preparations for the day.

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Eventually, the boats filled and the tours began,

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and I hiked back up to the top.

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12
Jul
14

Crater Lake: The Pinnacles

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In ancient times Mount Mazama erupted, covering an ancient river with pumice.  The water in the river boiled and escaped to the surface as steam.  The vents the steam escaped through hardened and over time a new river, the Rogue River, carved through the softer pumice exposing these mysterious rock features known as the Pinnacles of Crater Lake.

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