~ Crater Lake National Park - Getting There ~

The photos on this page were taken on Oregon Route 62 and the south Park access road. This was the only road open to vehicle traffic at the time. The North Entrance and the Rim Road were still under snow. And there was a lot of snow. I made the comment to a friend that I had never seen so much snow in one place at one time. Not even the snow storm of Thanksgiving 1956 in Erie could come near it.

The drive up to the crater was wonderful with beautiful, tall Ponderosa pines and the deep Annie Creek gorge that kept me in awe until the lake put them all in their proper place.

There are three pages for Crater Lake, this one, the Getting There page, then a page for each of the two days I was there.

I saw this formation off in the distance and thought that must be what's left of Mount Mazama, home of Crater Lake. Soon after I stopped to take the photo on the left I saw a historical marker that confirmed my thought.
Some information: Mount Mazama is a stratovolcano with caldera. It was the biggest eruption in the Cascade Range and the largest in North America except for a major event in Yellowstone.
Before the eruption the estimated height of Mount Mazama was about 12,000 feet. The highest point on the rim is Hillman Peak at 8151 feet. Nearly four thousand of mountaintop fell into the space created by the discharge of magma.
The volume of the eruption was 12 cubic miles of magma. Twelve cubic miles of material is enough to cover Oregon eight inches deep in ash. The eruption took place around 7,700 years ago.

The three large snow-capped peaks on the left are parts of the rim of Crater Lake. The snow peak on the right is Mount Scott, a part of the Mount Mazama Complex.

In the corner of the sign under the glass was this spider. I never knew spiders had hairy legs.
Soon I turned off OR Route 62 onto the park south access highway into a wonderful forest.

Beautiful, tall Ponderosa pines

And the deep canyon of Annie Creek

Annie Creek Canyon

Annie Creek is down there somewhere

And there was snow, lots of snow

Canyon wall

I still had a long way to go
The park road winds its way up the mountain along the Annie Creek Canyon. The rim of Crater Lake is in the distance in the right photo.

These photos were taken at several different turn outs along the road. On the right is Annie Creek with some trees that didn't make it.

Here you can see the depth of the snow where the creek had melted it away from the trees. The Park received over 55 feet of snow that year.
The canyon walls look like concrete, but are probably much harder.

Annie Creek again

Walk through to the Visitor Center

The Steele Information Center

Finally the Visitor Center

Still with snow up over the eaves
There was still so much snow around the Visitor Center that the front door was not available. We had to go through a side covered walkway to the right of the building to get in. The walkway is visible behind the large tree on the right side of the building.

It was like walking into a deep freeze

Some of the parking lot was cleared; Arvie is on the other side of the snow

Looking up at the rim from the Visitor Center

After a walk around I headed up to the rim

Crater Lake - Day One
Crater Lake - Day Two

Music is "Annie's Song"

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