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John Hight August 8 - Photo Stream

There are several Crater Lake boat tours available, and they are the only way to get on the lake unless you're a ranger or a researcher. Wizard Island formed after the collapse of Mount Mazama, while the lake filled with rain and snow melt. The animals on the island made their way across a land bridge, which flooded as the lake rose, leaving them to develop as unique sub-species. The island is accessible by shuttle boat and has a trail leading to the top of the cinder cone, where you look can look into the 90 foot-deep crater.


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John Hight August 7 - Photo Stream

Phantom Ship Island: The peak of a ridge in Crater Lake, this small island is around 300 feet long with a maximum width of 200. The ridge of spires stands 163 feet above the lake surface creating a ship-like appearance, with the spires being the tall masts of this mighty vessel. With a closeup view, we see the island supports some trees: 7 of the species found in the park grow together .... they aren't found together in the rest of the park ... making this little island a tree sanctuary.

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John Hight August 5

One of the impressive formations in Crater Lake National Park, this is a pumice outcropping that reminded me of the hoodoos in Bryce National Park, but that is where the similarities stop. Pumice Castle stands 1,300 feet above the lake surface. A thin layer of lava on the top of the pumice protects part of the pumice, and at the brakes, in the lava rock the pumice has eroded away forming columns.

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