Dee Wright Observatory – Crater Lake Trip

Elevation: 5,364 ft

Distance: .33 mi RT Paved Trail

Garmin Interactive Map

Scenic Pull Off directly off of Highway 242

Incredible views of Lava Fields & Cascade Mountains

Continuing  our journey to Crater Lake heading East from Proxy Falls the Dee Wright Observatory is the next stop. Dee Wright Observatory is located in the midst of the incredible lava fields at the summit of the Highway 242/McKenzie Pass Highway Scenic Highway (5364ft). When you get out of your car you immediately feel like you are on another planet. The lava rock fields span as far as the eye can see.


[Walking up to “the observatory”]



[On the top of Dee Wright Observatory – a compass displaying points of interest]


Despite the rain and thick clouds we were still able to get ‘a view’ – a cool rainbow off in the distance. We only spent a few minutes here before retrieving to the car as it was very brisk and felt like it was going to snow at any moment. My last visit to Dee Wright Observatory was much more clear and I was able to get some stellar pictures…


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