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The Watchman

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The lookout on top of The Watchman (bobcat)
Wizard Island from The Watchman (bobcat)


The Watchman is one of six 8,000 foot peaks around the actual rim of Crater Lake. They are all remnants of ancient lava flows down the flanks of Mount Mazama. The peaks are, going clockwise:

  • The Watchman 8013'
  • Hillman Peak 8151'
  • Llao Rock 8049'
  • Dutton Cliff 8106'
  • Applegate Peak 8126'
  • Garfield Peak 8054'

On top of The Watchman is a two-story lookout and viewing platform constructed in 1932. It is one of two lookouts at Crater Lake, the other being on Mount Scott. The Watchman Lookout was also envisioned as a museum and the lower floor contained geological and natural history information. The building still serves as a fire lookout and has been refitted to resemble a lookout from the 1930s. It has been put on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Watchman was named in 1886 by William Gladstone Steel, the "Father of Crater Lake." The peak was used as an observation station during the first expedition to determine the depth of Crater Lake.

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