If you visit Newberry Volcano be sure to drive up the narrow dirt road to the top of Paulina Peak where you'll get these spectacular views of the caldera as well as distant mountains like the Three Sisters and even Mount Adams all the way in southern Washington.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Friday, August 08, 2014
While visiting Lava Butte, the Ranger at the lookout at the top of Lava Butte pointed out the less than completely prominent rise towards the south and said that that was the largest volcano in Oregon and that it was not only still potentially active but had two lakes in its caldera. He also pointed out that the Newberry Volcano had undergone a blast even larger than the one at Mt. Mazama that created Crater Lake but that it had done so about 80,000 years ago (Mt. Mazama blew its top about 7,700 years ago). So we decided we needed to visit this mysterious volcano on our way to Crater Lake.
The two lakes are a busy place in the summer with lots of boaters and campers. This image is from the dock and boat ramp in at the south end of Paulina Lake, the western of the two caldera lakes. The view east across the lake shows the central volcanic hills that separate the two lakes. This image was taken with my 18-250mm Sigma lens at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/160 seconds at f/11, ISO 200.