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We took this from about half way up Mt. Garfield just minutes before the sun came over the horizon. The hazy look is due to a large amount of smoke in the air from forest fires.
Crater Lake was formed when a volcano erupted, leaving the large crater, 7 miles in diameter. Wizard Island is the dormant cone of a subsequent volcano forming inside the crater. The only source of water for the lake is snow melt and rain. 44 feet of snow a year. The only outlet from the lake is minor seepage and evaporation, and it is one of the 7 deepest lakes in the world. Water clarity is down below 100 ft, and purity is unmatched. The rim of the lake is at 7,000 ft, with the water level being 1,000 feet below the rim. There is only one trail down to the water due to the steep sides and loose rock.
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