The northern end Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway begins at Diamond Lake Junction, just south of Chemult on U. S. Route 97. Here, Oregon Route 138 climbs through a pumice moonscape created by the massive eruption of Mt. Mazama about 7,700 years ago to the north entrance of Crater Lake National Park. The eruption left a six-mile-wide caldera, which now cradles the deepest lake in North America.
For generations, Crater Lake has been a place of beauty and mystery. One hundred years ago the area surrounding the lake became one of America's first national parks. Crater Lake is widely known for its intense blue color and spectacular views.
During summer, the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway circles the lake on Rim Drive. Visitors may enjoy boat tours on the lake surface, stay in the historic Crater Lake Lodge, camp at Mazama Village, or hike some of the park's various trails including Mt. Scott at 8,929 ft. The winter brings some of the heaviest snowfall in the country, averaging 533 inches per year. Because of snow, this section of the Byway is usually only open from June through October. Although park facilities mostly close for this snowy season, visitors may view the lake during fair weather, enjoy cross-country skiing, and participate in weekend snowshoe hikes.
Exit the National Park through the south entrance and turn left on Oregon Route 62. The "Crater Lake Highway" follows Annie Creek through peaceful pastures to Fort Klamath.