During the summer months free daily guide service on
trails, boat trips, and auto caravans is scheduled by the National Park
Service. These naturalist activities, which also include talks at
Sinnott Memorial two or more times daily and evening programs at the
lodge and Community House, are in response to a public demand for the
popular presentation of the geological, biological, and historical story
of Crater Lake.
Schedules of the naturalist program are posted at
several public places in the park. Except the boat trip, which starts at
the foot of the rim trail, all regularly scheduled naturalist activities
start from the Information Building, although visitors are invited to
join at any place along routes traveled.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Sinnott Memorial.This structure, with
its broad terrace looking over the lake, serves as an orientation point.
Field glasses focused on important features help visitors to understand
the geologic history and to appreciate the relationship between scenic
and scientific values. Pictorial displays in the exhibit room portray
artists' conceptions of the varying moods of the lake. A large relief
map of the region is located on the terrace. Talks are scheduled twice
daily at the Memorial. A visit to the Sinnott Memorial soon after
arrival in the park is recommended. It is located close to the lodge and
the Rim Campground.
Information Building.This building is on
the crater rim just west of the lodge. Visitors are invited to make use
of the information service and examine the exhibits.
Rim Drive.A highway encircles the
Crater, affording many spectacular views from numerous observation
points. Auto caravans are conducted by the naturalist staff along this
road, stops being made at important scenic, scientific, and historic
points. All cavavan trips start from the Information Building. Time of
departure is announced on bulletin boards and at lectures .
Wizard Island.This is a symmetrical
cinder cone rising 780 feet above the surface of the lake. It is reached
by boat. A trail leads from the shore to the crater, which is
approximately 90 feet deep and 450 feet in diameter.
The Phantom Ship.This island rises 169
feet above the waters of the lake. Its shape suggests a ship under sail.
The best views of the Phantom Ship are obtained from the launches and
from Kerr Notch along the Rim Drive.
Garfield Peak.With an altitude of 8,060
feet, this peak is easily reached by a 1.7 mile trail east of the lodge.
From the summit there is a magnificent view of the lake and surrounding
The Watchman.This peak, on the west rim,
is of interest not only because of its height, but because of the fire
lookout station on its summit. It may be reached by a half-mile trail
from the rim road. A rare panorama of the park and surrounding country
may be viewed from this point, 8,025 feet above sea level and 1,861 feet
above the lake.
Cloudcap.This excellent view point on
the east rim rises to an elevation of over 8,000 feet and is almost
2,000 feet above the lake. The coloring of the lake and a vast expanse
of mountain scenery beyond the park are well observed from Cloudcap.
Mount Scott.East of Cloudcap is Mount
Scott, the highest point in the park, reaching an altitude of nearly
9,000 feet. Its summit, on which there is a fire lookout station, is
accessible by a 2.5 mile trail from the rim road.
The Pinnacles.In Wheeler Creek, near the
east entrance of the park, are slender spires of pumice. Some of the
needles are 200 feet high. In Sand Creek Canyon and Godfrey's Glen in
Annie Creek Canyon there are other spires and fluted columns carved out
of the soft volcanic material by water erosion.
Other Places of Interest in the Park and
Vicinity.Park visitors desiring information about other
interesting places in the park and vicinity are invited to inquire at
park headquarters and the Information Building.