Best Wilderness Trail Ending in Water

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon     Photo: Justin Bailie

Approximately 7,700 years ago, Oregon’s Crater Lake was formed when a volcanic eruption blew the top off Mount Mazama, leaving a 4,000-foot-deep crater that, like a giant bathtub with no drain, gradually filled with rain and snowmelt over the millennia. That’s why it has such a distinct Crayola color—and why you feel so compelled to jump in. There’s only one way to reach the lake: the Cleetwood Cove Trail, which descends nearly 700 feet over the course of a mile.

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