|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|
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.|