Yes, you read that right. They had 56 FEET of snow at Crater Lake last winter! Throughout the Sierra Nevada’s they had a lot of snow last year. Around 2X as much snow as usual.
And Crater Lake gets a lot of snow in a normal year. It ‘normally’ takes them 3+ months to clear the road that circumnavigates the lake. This year however, the road was not completely opened until mid-July.
Didn’t stop the flowers from blooming magnificently...
The blue color is intense; hard to tell from the photos just how clear the water is. It’s all snow melt. No rivers flow into or out of Crater Lake. Precipitation, snowmelt and evaporation are in a constant battle with the outcome declared a tie. The lake level stays relatively the same year after year.
The lake is roughly 6 miles across and 1,949 feet at its deepest point. Wow. Simply amazing.
Dale & Mary Lynn