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Garfield Peak

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Posing atop Garfield Peak (bobcat)


Garfield Peak is an 8054' summit on the south rim of Crater Lake. The peak is the westernmost of the Eagle Crags and rears above Crater Lake's Chaski Bay. The summit can be reached via a short trail from the Crater Lake Lodge.

The peak is not named after the assassinated President James A. Garfield as many suppose. It is named for President Garfield's son, James R. Garfield, Secretary of the Interior in the Theodore Roosevelt administration, who visited the lake in July, 1907. The peak was one of many features around the lake given names by William Gladstone Steel, founding member of the Mazamas mountaineering club, and often called the "Father of Crater Lake." Steel and the Mazamas were instrumental in getting Crater Lake declared a national park in 1902.

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