Crater Lake National Park, OR, 9/17-9/19 by Mitchell Lettow | Sep 23, 2018 | trip The bell of the ball, Crater Lake, with Wizard Island in foreground. Cool visitor's center. Manzanita (sp.) shrub "Oh I'm sorry, were you trying to take a photo of the lake??" -Golden-mantled ground squirrel Cleatwood Trail. 1 mile straight down to the lake, 1 mile straight back up. Rabbitbrush, one tough plant (Crysothamnus sp.) Turquoise green is relatively shallow water, blue water gets deeeeep. Deepest lake in the U.S. 1,949; Hiking back up. Pumice, a porous type of volcanic rock. Crater Lake in her eyes Starting the hike up to Mt. Scott watchtower, ~8,934' Whitebark pines can withstand the harsh alpine conditions, and grow in contorted forms caused by extreme wind, shallow soil, temperature changes, and snow. Beautiful rock! Last leg to the tower... View from the top (Crater Lake towards the sunspot). Hiking through geological layers. Some black-tailed deer were taking up the night shift as we were hiking down. Little red in one of her diverse set of habitats across the country. ...and the sun sets on Crater Lake.