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  • Scenic Drive

    Crater Lake Rim Drive
  • The blue highway inside Crater Lake National Park is Mail Tribune readers' favorite scenic drive.
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  • The blue highway inside Crater Lake National Park is Mail Tribune readers' favorite scenic drive.
    No doubt they love the beautiful vistas, with the road twisting and turning around the big trees, and that inspirational view as they skirt the rim of the ancient caldera created some 7,700 years ago. Indeed, there is nothing like looking down into the deepest lake in the nation, whose sky-blue water is among the clearest in the world.
    But the drive to the park isn't bad, either. If you are heading north from Medford to the giant crater, you'll follow the beautiful Crater Lake Highway to Eagle Point and beyond to the Rogue River in Shady Cove.
    It skirts Lost Creek Lake and climbs and climbs and climbs through the towering trees to rejoin the Rogue, with attractions such as Union Creek campground, Natural Bridge, numerous hiking trails, Rogue Gorge and Beckie's Cafe.
    And then it's straight on to the world-renowned park and that breathtaking rim at 7,000 feet above sea level with its sheer cliffs and towering rock spires.
    Other favorites: Applegate Valley and Highway 62 to Crater Lake.
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