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The Pinnacles

Crater Lake National Park

July 18th, 2016

0.8 miles
40 vertical feet
Total Time: 0:26

Starting elevation
5528 feet
Max elevation
5528 feet

Rating: 6/10

Directions: From Crater Lake Lodge, take the park road and turn left toward East Rim Drive. Near park headquarters, turn left onto East Rim Drive. After about 8 miles, turn right onto the road toward Pinnacles Overlook. Park at the end of the road.   View Driving Map

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We had time for a short little walk/hike after our earlier hike to Crater Peak. We parked in the small lot at the end of the road. Many people just stop at the overlook and then leave, though many also venture out onto the very short trail along the edge overlooking The Pinnacles. These are rock formations formed by rising volcanic gases. They are clearly visible from the overlook and also from the trail.

The flat trail



The trail itself is almost completely flat, with the best views in the first tenth of a mile. We continued for 0.4 miles to the edge of the park. It looks like the trail continues, but it didn't look like there was much to see beyond, so we turned around. I am also guessing that, based on the geography, this is best viewed in the morning when the light is coming from the east.

No idea what this is, but it's at the park boundary



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