Day 2 – Crater Lake, Oregon


Day 2 – Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake is a caldera lake located in south-central Oregon.  I couldn’t believe we were already onto something THIS spectacular on the 2nd day of our trip.

After our breakfast near Klamath Lake, where we spent the last evening capturing our first sunset of the trip, we drove straight into Crater Lake National Park.  I have seen many stunning pictures of the park, but nothing compared to what I saw with my own eyes.

We must have been way too excited and tirelessly spent the whole day driving around the lake – twice!  (Both counter clock wise)

Highlights of the trip (and Best Photo Spots) include:

  • Sinnott Memorial Outlook for Phantom Ship Island – a quick stop for the photos
  • Mt Scott hiking trail.  Mt Scott is the highest point of Crater Lake National Park.  We were caught in the thunderstorm during the hike but the panoramic view of the lake at the top and over the valley on the trail were simply breathtaking.
    – 3 hours / 2.5 miles; difficult level – moderate to difficult; Elevation: 7680-8832 ft (2341 – 2692m)
  • Watchman Lookout.  We went there both in the afternoon right after the rain, and during sunset hours (after 8pm).  Photo capture after the dusk gives the best colors in my opinion but you need a tripod.
  • Pinnacle Lookout (not very high in my recommendation list for photos but still worth visiting if you are into rocks)
  • Annie Creek Restaurant.  Man, after the 2 hour hike in the rain, our pizza tasted like the best gourmet

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