Scenic Road Trip: Crater Lake, Oregon (Part 1)

Our second stop during our tour of Oregon this fall was Crater Lake. What a gorgeous place! So beautiful, in fact, that I am making two posts out of it because I have so many wonderful photos from there!

crater lake, OR 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR 2011, lynne medsker

Look for another “road trip” post soon, with more images from the Crater Lake area – including “The Pinnacles” and some beautiful waterfalls!


230 thoughts on “Scenic Road Trip: Crater Lake, Oregon (Part 1)

  1. I haven’t been to Crater Lake in many years — but it certainly hasn’t changed: spooky, quirky, spectacular, awe-inspiring…

    I love this place — and your photos are stunning!


  2. So beautiful! We were there in July and could not believe that it was still PACKED with snow. Snowball fights in July were pretty amazing πŸ™‚

    1. I’d be curious to know how old some of that snow is! I’m positive that it doesn’t all melt away before it starts flying again. πŸ™‚ It was fun to play in it with your summer gear on!


  3. Very nice!! Crater Lake is spectacular and you captured it well in your photos. Visited it years ago when we lived in the Pacific Northwest. For exquisite scenery, Oregon is positively beautiful.

  4. I’m a born and raised Oregonian, now living in the Midwest. Glad to see my beautiful, and often overlooked state, represented by your skillful photography skills! and in the freshly pressed, no less! Marvelous.

  5. Beautiful photography! Next time i go down to the states i will arrange for a visit to Oregon. It looks beautiful. Hows the cellphone reception at the lake?

    1. The cell phone service varied during our trip…the higher up you were, the better. With this lake being at the top of a crater I didn’t have any issues getting reception. By all means, you should go visit Oregon. This is just one of the many beautiful areas we were lucky enough to explore!


  6. Gorgeous, wish I was there with my camera. Don’t get me wrong I live in the enchanting Pacific NW, but I’ve never been to Crater Lake. One of these days.

  7. Beautiful pictures. Now I just have to add this to my ‘places to visit’ list πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures and congrats on being freshly pressed!

    1. Thank you! I’m honored to be “freshly pressed” and happy you enjoyed the pictures. Be sure to add it to your list, you’ll enjoy the visit!


  8. Stunning photographs. I too love taking photos everywhere I go. You have a good eye and you can actually see this reflected in your photos. Like the one looking down upon the boat. It is nice to know someone else notices the same things. Great blogging. Thank you so much for sharing your photos. Angelique

  9. Amazing. Some of them could easily be used as postcards.
    Thanks for sharing, certainly added the place to my “to-visit” list.

  10. Have been there a few times, living fairly close. It’s so beautiful. The lake looks like glass with the only movement an occasional breeze that floats across the water, creating a tiny ripple effect.

    Love it there! Great post and wonderful photos.

    1. Lucky you to live close! I have one photo where the water is so still and the clouds reflecting in it make it look like it IS the sky instead of the water. Thanks for reading and enjoying this post!


  11. I was there in early July 2007 (I think). It’s gorgeous! Nobody had taken the boat tour in a while so the water was perfectly still. It looked as if somebody had put a sheet of blue glass in the caldera. I was amazed to see snow that time of year.

    1. I had heard about the snow but it’s still a surprise to actually see it piled around. πŸ™‚ Especially in contrast to the rest of the surroundings!


    1. What a great addition to your list! My husband has always wanted to see the giant redwoods, we visited there during our trip as well. Some of those images will be going on the blog next week. πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting!

  12. Like Mt. Bromo in Indonesia, tremendous eruption explosion was happened but there is no lake was created.
    Great Photos. πŸ™‚

    1. Tim,
      Glad you enjoyed the photos and had a chance to enjoy the beauty for yourself. We spent several days along the coast, that is awesome scenery as well!

  13. Beautiful pictures. Now I just have to add this to my β€˜places to visit’ list πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures and congrats on being freshly pressed!

    1. If you get a chance to go – do it!! I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for the congrats, I’ve never had so many viewers in a day! πŸ™‚

  14. Beautiful pictures. Now I just have to add this to my β€˜places to visit’ list πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  15. Beautiful pictures! I live in Washington state, but rarely get down to crater lake(Only once every few years), so it’s nice to see it again through your photographs.

    1. My friend visited there and swore to me it was a hoax and there was no lake, it was so foggy they weren’t able to see a thing. Knowing that made me feel twice as lucky for the beautiful weather we enjoyed!

    1. I took (literally) thousands of photos during our trip so I’ll be sharing lots of them over the next few weeks! Thanks for joining the follower list!


  16. You captured the essence of the place for sure. We were there five years ago, and it lingers in my memory to this day, your photo’s only added to the memory. A beautiful place, a must see on everyone’s west coast bucket list.



  17. Beautiful. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    We went to Crater Lake once on the way into Oregon… and DIDN’T SEE A THING!

    It was August, and the lake was covered with fog and the whole valley was actually socked in and we barely made it out. And the lodge where we ate was about to close before snow season (yes, in August) and so they had Christmas music playing and Santa (yes, in August).

    I suppose we should go back someday and actually see the beautiful lake!

    1. Thanks Bill! I’m excited to have my photos featured. My brother-in-law had the same kind of trip to Crater Lake (sans the Christmas music since it was July), he swore there wasn’t even a lake there, it was just a hoax. πŸ™‚ I think both of you should try again!


  18. LOVE your fabulous pictures of nature!!! I can almost hear the silence of the surrounding and sense the ecstacy when you capture the images. Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to enjoy more!

  19. My family and I took a road trip through Oregon a few summers ago. Crater Lake was definitely amazing. We ventured a bit into Washington as well, and of all the things we saw it was Mount St. Helen’s that was our favorite. If you ever get a chance, it is definitely worth the drive. Your photos are beautiful, looks like you were there on the perfect day.

    1. It was a perfect day to be there! We spent most of our time in Oregon and a few days in northern California. When we were in the Columbia River Gorge we kept looking at Washington and wishing we had time to explore. It’s on our list next time we go that direction!

  20. Lynne – Great pics of Crater Lake. My wife and I recently completed a cross country camping trip (9000 miles and 2000 pictures). Crater Lake is now one of our favorite places. I guess it’s not surprising that we have pictures of some of the same views (although you’re are much better quality).

    I am blogging about our trip at


    1. Wow Jack! I’m impressed! We only camped for 10 days. πŸ™‚ Although I snapped about 2000 pictures in that amount of time…I’ve got an itchy trigger finger when my camera is about. Loved your photos of the black hills area…I went there last fall and thought it was awesome! Good luck on your adventure, thanks for reading about mine!

  21. Beautiful photos. I like the black and white ones. I think I have one of the same dead tree in your second one:-) Did you do the boat trip? My daughter did and got some amazing photos of above and below. I didn’t because I couldn’t do the steep trail down and back, I think I remember it was equivalent to 60 flights of steps. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

    1. I’m a sucker for trees, especially old gnarly ones! We didn’t have time for the boat trip (and after the hiking we did up to the waterfalls I’m not sure about energy either!). Thanks for the congratulations, it’s been amazing to have so many people see & talk with me about this!

  22. Splendid photographs, it really is such moving, extraordinary scenery. What a world we live in! Are you doing tours for other people or is this your own personal journey? I live in Big Sur, pretty spectacular coast line here, and am about to launch Expressionist Painters Holidays in this area.

    1. Thank you for your kind words about my photos! We truly do live in a beautiful world, especially when we take time to notice! This was just part of a 10 day camping trip we took in August/September. I would love to visit Big Sur sometime! Best wishes with your launch!!

  23. Amazing images.
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words and these pictures are showing exactly that. I am speechless on the beauty of the scenery. Thanks for sharing

  24. Beautiful pictures. We were there toward the end of July and they were just about to start the boat tours for the season. There were mounds of snow everywhere and one half of the crater road was still partially closed.

    1. I’m amazed at how short of a season they have there! I’ve seen pictures from there with the snow piles high in June & july, pretty amazing!

  25. Beautiful! We were just there last week. I spent a lot of time getting pictures of Wizard Island from different angles, but I did capture a few other shots of the lake. It was a beautiful day for us as well, although not as many fluffy white clouds. Such a beautiful place.

  26. These are great shots! I lived in Bend for two years before heading off to college and I absolutely loved it–we frequently took trips to Crater Lake as a family, it is always so gorgeous! I suggest going in winter as well, the snow around the edge is stunning.

  27. Loved the gnarly B&W tree, Crater Lake looks spectacular.
    well done you should write about the trip as well.
    Kudos to you.

    Today being Halloween I took some photographs of some classic people at the Melbourne Zombie Shuffle Australia.

    it was off the hook check it out.


  28. Absolutely Beautiful! This is my favorite kind of photography, the real wild that sits just beyond our doorstep. Me and my boyfriend spend a lot of time wheeling around western Canada exploring nature and coming home with hundreds of fantastic memories and photos. We recently took an expedition trip down to Death Valley and drove our way home up the coast and I was amazed at the beauty! Absolutely spectacular.
    Great photos!!

    1. Wow, you have some awesome images too! What time of year were you at Crater Lake? The weather was beautiful! I am so sad to know I missed Lassen Volcanic Park, we were right by Mt. Shasta, I had no idea it was there. Guess that’s just another reason to visit again someday!

  29. Splendid Photography!
    You could add a little bit of narration to make the blog a little more interesting to scroll thru πŸ™‚

    Wont you like to come back to this blog yourself after 5 years and read what you felt like on that day?

    1. Thanks! Yes, I should probably do that…I was in a hurry to get them posted and didn’t spend as much time on them as I normally would. Ah well, there’s always that “edit” button!

  30. Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! I love how you were able to capture the reflection of the sky on the water. Everything was so clear! The water and the sky were just breathtaking! Great job!

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  31. Lovely photos of a most lovely lake! Been there a few times and just can’t get over the sapphire blue color of the lake! Crater Lake is truly one of the natural wonders of the world!

  32. There’s something amazing and beautiful about crater lakes in particular. I remember having been to one when I was very young. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures.

  33. Wow! I’m totally adding this to my Western US bucket list! When did you go? I’m thinking about going in March, but it might be too cold.

    1. Oh, I am sure it would be cold in March, but it would probably still be beautiful (if you could get to it through all the snow!). We went in late August and there was still some snow on the ground in spots. My friend was there in June and there were snow piles taller than her!


  34. I hope to make it here someday! There are so many spots I want to see in oregon, I could take a month long vacation there and still not see everything!

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