A Volcanic Bouquet
at Crater Lake National Park

Pinnacles on the Eastern Rim at Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake National Park in the cascade mountains of oregon. hiking trails, hikes, mountains, cascades, cascade mountains, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, national parks, national monuments, oregon coast, california coast, mountains in oregon, california.

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The pinnacles were formed after and during the eruption of Mt Mazama 7,000 years ago. Much of the eruption was pyroclastic, great plumes of ash at extremely high temperatures exploded from the mountain, blanketing the earth for hundreds of miles. Those deposits of ash were quite heavy on the slopes of the mountain itself, as might be imagined. With the temperatures as they were, great plumes of gas escaped forming hollow channels. The ash on the sides of those channels melded into a harder and more durable substance than the surrounding fields. What we call the pinnacles were at one time great spouting vents for extra- ordinarily hot gases in a field of volcanic ash. The ash cooled and eventually eroded away. Leaving behind stone pinnacles to provoke wonder at the majesty of life.

Forward ~ Annie Creek Waterfalls on the southern rim of Crater Lake National Park.

Back ~ The pinnacles on the eastern rim of Crater Lake National Park.

NPS: Crater Lake National Park.

Introduction to the Crater Lake pages.

Want to hike? Hiking Trails at Crater Lake.

Explore Crater Lake National Park on the Diverse Loop Tour, traveling the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway and the Crater Lake Hwy, Oregon Hwy 62: Travel Directions, Map; Scenery: The Rogue River National hiking trails, waterfalls, Cascade Mountains, the wild and scenic Rogue River and more.

Or perhaps the Umpqua Waterfall Tour also traveling the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway and the Crater Lake Hwy, Oregon Hwy 62: Travel Directions, Map & Scenery: enjoy sight seeing, the wild and scenic Umpqua River, waterfalls, hot springs. hiking trails; water sports.

Annie Creek Pinnacles at the southern entrance to crater lake national park in oregon.

Sightseeing in Oregon and northern California while staying at Gathering Light ... a retreat in
Klamath Basin. See Crater Lake National Park, National Wildlife Refuges and Wetlands:
Bald Eagles. Birding trails, hiking trails, hiking with no trails, canoeing; etc.


the river photographed from the elfin tree house at gathering light ... a retreat located in southern oregon near crater lake national park: cabins, treehouses in the forest on the river.

Travel on the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway to Gathering Light ... a retreat: Travel Directions, Map & Scenery: hiking trails, waterfalls, the wild and scenic Umpqua River; Crater Lake and more.

Travel on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway to Gathering Light .... a retreat: Travel Directions, Map & Scenery. Enjoy hiking trails, volcanoes, waterfalls, wild and scenic rivers, hot springs and more, much more.

Travel Directions to and Day Trips in Oregon and California of around 100 miles from the retreat.

Little known Scenic Places, opportunities to explore, photograph nature: hiking with and without trails, birding trails, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, birding, & more near to the retreat & Crater Lake: Directions Map & Scenery.

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Contact Brad at Gathering Light ... a retreat.

The river at Gathering Light ... a retreat photographed from the Elfin Tree House, pictured at the left.