Wizard Island is the well-known volcanic cinder cone located just off the western shores of Crater Lake. 7,700 years ago, the eruption and collapse of Mount Mazama created the Crater Lake caldera. A series of later eruptions caused the formation of several cinder cones on the floor of the caldera. The tallest of these cones and only one to rise above the current surface of Crater Lake is Wizard Island!
Paulina Falls is a terrific short hike, located just south of Bend, OR in the little-known Newberry National Volcanic Monument. While this “hike” is more of an easy stroll, the reward for the effort is fantastic.
The trail is less than half-mile in total (round-trip) with several options, including one with little elevation gain that heads to the top of the Paulina Falls. You can also head down to the bottom of Paulina Falls for a different perspective (with some elevation change). Additionally, you can make Paulina Falls part of a much longer hike (see the “Paulina Creek Falls Trail” information below).
In the remote southeast corner of Crater Lake National Park sits the Pinnacles Overlook and Pinnacles Trail. This little-known part of the park is not heavily trafficked and definitely not what jumps to mind when most people think of Crater Lake. However, the lack of people in the area only adds to the enjoyment for most.
The Pacific coastline is known for some amazing stretches of road, and the Oregon Coast is no exception. Drive along Highway 101 to experience hundreds of miles of scenic viewpoints, sandy beaches, charming seaside towns, forested headlands, sea stacks and historic lighthouses.
We’ve visited coastlines up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, but the Oregon Coast is one of a kind. With public access to every mile of Oregon’s beautiful coastline and numerous state parks, the opportunities for coastal adventures and exploration are endless!
Located just a short drive north of popular Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park stretches along nine miles of Oregon coastline. The 1,023-acre park is probably best known for its rugged beauty and scenic vistas—some of which have been featured in movies such as The Goonies, Point Break and Twilight! The park offers views of sea stacks punctuating the shoreline to the south, forested headlands, a historic lighthouse and pristine beaches. Although the views and beaches draw a lot of attention, this park is also rich in history and an 8-mile segment of the Oregon Coast Trail travels right through Ecola State Park!