Formed by the collapsed Mount Mazana volcano 7,700 years ago, Crater Lake, Oregon is stunningly beautiful and serene. It has measured 1,949 feet deep, a level that only changes with precipitation, evaporation and seepage. It’s crystalline blue waters are worth making a stop for during the 3-4 months access isn’t blocked by snow. Be sure to check with the National Park Service for current conditions and up to date fees. A trip isn’t complete without a Park Ranger accompanied boat tour of Crater Lake. You will have the choice of exploring Wizard Island where you can hike or swim nearby before being picked up and returned to the dock. Be aware that both the hike to and from the dock is a steep 700 drop 2.2 mile trail. Reservations are highly suggested.