“check out the Witches Cauldron!”
You won’t find wizard wands, cloaks, or spells at Wizard Island on Crater Lake, Oregon, but you can still see the magic. Created 7700 years ago after the eruption of Mount Mazama, the island rises 765-feet above the lake’s surface. Make sure to check out The Witches Cauldron on the island, a 500-foot around, 100-foot crater to brew up some fun. Wizard Island is a volcanic cinder cone which forms an island at the west end of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. The top of the island reaches 6,933 feet above sea level, about 755 feet above the average surface of the lake. The cone is capped by a volcanic crater about 500 feet wide and 100 feet deep. The crater was named the "Witches Cauldron" by Will G. Steel in 1885, who also gave Wizard Island its name at the same time.
Visitors who want to hike on Wizard Island must first descend to the lakeshore via Cleetwood Cove Trail. This is a steep descent and the most difficult portion of this trek will be at the end of the day when you must ascend the 11% grade to your car on Rim Drive. The trek to Wizard Island makes for a full day especially for folks who are not acclimated to the elevations of Crater Lake. The commercial tour boat will take visitors to the Wizard Island boat dock where the trail to the summit begins. The elevation of the dock is 6,176 feet. The tread ascends northeastward from the dock steadily at first. A short distance from the trailhead the terrain steepens and switchbacks lead hikers to the 6,940-foot summit of Wizard Island.
There is no camping ON Wizard Island, and camping at Crater Lake National Park is limited to first come first serve. It's good to look for camping around Crater lake as a back up plan.
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