What?……hiking across a mountain range, climbing up 7000+ feet and then swim in the deepest lake in the US….Heck yeah I want to share this experience.

This section is pretty exciting to me, not only are there like a bizzilion lakes and side trails along the way, near the end of this section lies the famous Crater Lake. The lake is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity, plus it’s the deepest lake in the United States, at 1943 ft deep, even as a deep sea saturation diver I could never reach the bottom. The plan has us hiking this section from Aug. 2nd – Aug. 5th and is 100% going to include a lake swim, I hope you can join me.

From The Park Service

Crater Lake National Park

Like No Place Else On Earth, Crater Lake has inspired people for thousands of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.

From The Guide Book

Pacific Crest Trail by Wilderness Press

Both sections A and B have a paucity of lakes ans a surplus of roads, but in section C the scenery changes, and at last you feel you are in a mountain wilderness. In fact, before the mid-1970s, the scenery south of Highway 140 was deemed too poor to have a crest trail, and in those days, anyone who hiked from northern California to southern Oregon had to follow a route that was almost entirely along roads.

The bulk of section C is composed of two attractive areas: Sky Lakes Wilderness and inspiring Crater Lake National Park. The number of lakes in the wilderness rivals that in any other mountain area to be found anywhere along the PCT, while the beauty and depth of Crater Lake make it a worldwide attraction.

Unfortunately, the original PCT route avoided Crater Lake entirely, taking a low route, mostly along old closed roads, along the lower slopes of the former volcano, Mt. Mazama. So back in our first addition (1974), we recommended an alternate, soon to become popular, route, mostly along paved Rim Drive, that traversed Crater Lake’s west rim. Some used trails existed along the rim, and in the 1990s the Park Service linked these with new tread to produce an alternate, hiker-only PCT rim route. Equestrians, unfortunately, still must take the low route. These alternate routes and others in the Sky Lakes Wilderness are described along with the regular PCT route.

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