Crater Lake National Park + Mazama Campground

The kids were pretty stoked to be inside a volcano! We watched the video [Crater Lake: Into the Deep] at the Steel Visitor Center before heading to the lake, so we had an idea of how big and how deep the lake is and how it was formed. The we drove around the rim, stopping for photos cause really that's all there is to do. We were excited to get out of the car and do some hiking -- Cleetwood Cove Trail didn't disappoint. It was a steep climb out, but nothing we couldn't handle [with requisite moaning and groaning, of course].

Trip Details:
Mazama Campground -- they don't assign campsites, so it's best to come early in the afternoon to get something you like. We had a site with woods that was near the bathrooms. Perfect for us.
Cleetwood Cove Trail -- it's about 2 miles round trip, The trail is steep with patches of loose dirt. We did fine wearing our Keen sandals and taking breaks on the way back up.
Cliffs -- keep walking past the boat dock around the corner to the cliffs!! The water is cool, clean [the yellow stuff on top of the water is pollen], and so inviting. You'll certainly want to jump/dive in.

BONUS: Check out this incredible time-lapse film of Crater Lake at night --

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