Mt. Mazama Viewpoint
In Oregon, United States
How Geocaching Works
Use of geocaching.com services is subject to the terms and conditions in our disclaimer
This is a quick stop and log exactly where you think and the coordinates should be close to dead-on, so you shouldn't need to search too much. This is the dreaded watertight match container in a very predictable spot put here for travelers who can’t afford to spend an hour hunting for a cache. There is plenty of room to park off the highway in the wayside, with seasonal restrooms.
Be sure to read the informational boards and enjoy the view of what is left of Mount Mazama. Feel free to post any pictures you take.
Mount Mazama is a destroyed stratovolcano in the Oregon part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the Cascade Range. The volcano's collapsed caldera holds Crater Lake, and the entire mountain is located in Crater Lake National Park.
Mount Mazama is most famous for a catastrophic volcanic eruption that occurred around 5,677 BC. The eruption, estimated to have been 42 times more powerful than Mount St. Helens 1980 blast, reduced Mazama's approximate 11,000-foot height by around half a mile when much of the volcano fell into the volcano's partially emptied neck and magma chamber. At 8,159 feet, Hillman Peak is now the highest point on the rim.
The Klamath Native Americans tell many stories of the powerful spirits Llao and Skell. Llao was the spirit of the underworld who lived beneath Mount Mazama. Skell was the spirit of the sky "above-world". In the beginning, the stories say that Llao was able to pass through a hole and climb to the top of Mount Mazama where he could almost touch the stars where Skell lived. The followers of the spirits could reportedly take the form of animals such as deer, fox, and dove, and they would play together. The story goes on to explain the origins of Crater Lake. The Klamath stories say that quarrels began, and war broke out between Llao and Skell. One time Llao visited atop he saw Loha, the daughter of the Klamath Indian Chief, and fell in love with her. He became extremely angry when she rejected his hideous, underworld nature, and cursed the Klamath with fire that reigned down on them. The Klamath turned to Skell for help.In response to the Klamath people's pleadings, Skell descended from the sky to the top of Mount Shasta. A furious battle ensued, Skell from Mount Shasta and Llao from Mount Mazama. The ferociousness of the fight led two medicine men to jump into the pit of the underworld as a sacrifice to appease the spirits. Inspired by their sacrifice, Skell fought harder and defeated Llao, driving him deep into the underworld. The story goes onto explain that Skell then covered the hole to the underworld with the top of Mount Mazama to imprison Llao forever. As a final act, Skell covered the remains of the dark pit with water to restore peace and tranquility to the land, which became Crater Lake. Klamath myths include many stories of battle, including one where Llao kills Skell. In this story, Llao is able to defeat Skell in a battle to the death. However, when Llao's followers take Skells heart up a mountain to celebrate, Skells followers are able to steal back the heart and use it to restore Skell back to life. During the story of the "Last Great Battle", Llao is killed by Skell. Skell orders that Llao's body is to be cut up and thrown to the creatures of the lake. To trick the lake creatures loyal to Llao, Skell's followers claim the body parts are Skell's, so the creatures gobble them down. When Llao's head is thrown into the lake, the creatures recognize it and refuse to eat it. The story explains that Llao's head is now Wizard Island. Historic information discovered on Wikipedia. ;)
Congratulations to Bubblegummers on the First to Find and for posting the very first photo of Mt. Mazama.
(No hints available.)
Last Updated: on 9/3/2014 5:48:47 PM Pacific Daylight Time (12:48 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum