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.

Ranger Naturalist program
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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 region.

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.

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