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Crater Lake - Pinnacles

This trail makes for an easy walk along the rim of Pinnacle Valley. There are great views of volcanic spires.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.7 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  When the very hot ash and pumice came to rest near the volcano, it formed 200-to-300-foot (60 to 90 m) thick gas-charged deposits. For... more »

Tips:  The trailhead lies at the end of the Pinnacles Spur Road, 7 miles Southeast of the Phantom Ship Overlook off of the main Rim Drive, on... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Pinnacles Formations

Easily view the formations from the parking lot.

The history of the "pinnacles" below began about 7,700 years ago when the eruptions of Mt. Mazama were reaching their climax. Torrents of red-hot, gas-charged pumice poured down Mazama's slopes at speeds of up to 100 mph (160kph). On top of this came a flow of heavier rocks called scoria. These... More

2. Views of the Valley

3. Crater Lake Eastern Entrance

This point marks the spot where Crater Lake National Park begins