Sunday, July 14, 2013

Crater Lake Bicycle Circumnavigation

Crater Lake is like no other place on earth, and I'm lucky enough to live a short drive away. Saturday I biked all 33 miles of Rim Drive, which encircles the lake. 

Here are pics:

 With no inlets, Crater Lake has some of the purest waters in North America

My tour began at park headquarters, the lowest part of Rim Drive

After a few miles of sustained climbing, I was rewarded with my first view of the lake

On this day, the lake was bluer than I had ever seen it

Wizard Island, at left, is a cinder cone that formed after the eruption of Mount Mazama

Rim Drive and Crater Lake

The tour boat below gives an perspective of the scale of the lake

Wizard Island

Wildflower meadow on the outside rim

Mount Thielsen from the outer rim

Mount Scott

If you look closely, you can see the "Old Man in the Lake," a tree that been floating vertically in the lake for more than a century

North Rim

Mount Thielsen from the east rim

Mount Scott

Mount McLoughlin from the south rim

east rim

South rim

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