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Watchman Fire Tower Trail
Located along the west side of Crater Lake, this reasonably short, and only slightly strenuous, hike takes you to a fantastic view of the lake — and especially, Wizard Island. As a bonus, there’s an historic fire tower at the top. I was visiting Crater Lake in late September, and I knew I was pushing the limits of the summer season. So, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that, the day before my arrival at Crater Lake, a very generous snowstorm hit. West Rim Road was closed for the first day, and it wasn’t until the second day that …