Crater Lake in winter

Perhaps someday I’ll get to the other side of the Lake, but it’s only accessible during the summer unless you ski or snowshoe. A bit beyond my capability at 7100 ft (2165m) and above. I was out of breath just climbing the snow bank in order to see the Lake.
For lots more good information about this National Park, the Park Service has posted their Winter/Spring 2013/2014 brochure HERE.Crater-1192Steel Visitor Center at Park Headquarters. Note the tall pole with the small sign attached. Those are there to help the snow plows find the edge of the road. They give you some idea of the possible depth during a normal winter.Crater-1193Crater Lake Lodge buttoned up for the winter. It was built in 1915 to withstand average winter snowfall of 533 inches (13.5 m). It was closed in 1989 to upgrade and reinforce the structure. It reopened in May of 1995 with new steel supports, modern utilities and a fire suppression system. The guest rooms were upgraded to modern hotel standards at the same time.Crater-1198Looking Eastward. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, fed only by rain and snow. It’s the result of a collapsed cone after a major eruption some 7,700 years ago.Crater-1199A closeup shows the streaks of ice. It’s said the Lake, at a rough depth of about 1,943 ft (592m) rarely freezes, but does develop fingers of ice reaching out from shore during cold snaps. It didn’t feel like a cold snap when I was there. Much of the snow or ice on the roads had melted except for the sections that were in the shade.Crater-1210Wizard Island, formed by later eruptions, doesn’t look like an island because of the snow and ice reflections seemingly surrounding it.Crater-1221Another park structure partially hidden in snow.

Give me silence, water, hope
Give me struggle, iron, volcanoes. 
― Pablo Neruda

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