There are many beautiful locations in the Pacific Northwest (as there are all over our planet). Specific locations become famous and receive a lot of visitors. Crater Lake is one of those places – vibrantly beautiful and a place one never forgets once they have seen it. One of the lesser known attractions at Crater Lake is The Pinnacles. It often gets overlooked because it is a at the end of a 7-mile spur that was once the east entrance of the park. When visitors are traveling the Rim Loop Road they avoid the spur because they are not sure what is out there and if it is worth the 14-mile round trip.
I’m glad we took the time to explore this section of the park. I can never view rugged beauty like this without imagining the devastation and power it takes to create it. I wonder what it looked like before water and wind scoured away the soft earth that exposed these formations. What was it like even before the eruption that made them? How many pinnacles lay sleeping beneath calm, beautiful valleys today? Are they waiting to be discovered after the next big volcano?