Saturday, October 15, 2016

Garfield Peak in Crater Lake National Park named for politician and lawyer James Rudolph Garfield

Garfield Peak with Crater Peak in the background
Craggy Garfield Peak (left half of picture) with cone-shaped Crater Peak in the background
Garfield Peak in Crater Lake National Park was named by William Gladstone Steel for James Rudolph Garfield (1865-1950), who was the son of the 20th President of the United States, James Abram Garfield (1831-1881). J. R. Garfield was Secretary of the Interior in the Roosevelt administration. He was the first cabinet officer to visited Crater Lake in the summer of 1907—five years after Crater Lake was declared a national park during Teddy Roosevelt's presidency [1-3].

From the rustic lodge in Crater Lake's Rim Village, a hiking trail follows the craggy rim to the summit of Garfield Peak (8054 ft, 2455 m). The round-trip, with an elevation gain of 1010 ft (308 m) during the ascend, is 3.4 miles long. The hike was rated difficult (Hike 5 in Trails of Crater Lake by William L. Sullivan, Navillus Press, Eugene, 2014). 

References and more to explore
[1] Names and Places of Crater Lake. Appendix H in Crater Lake Historic Resource Study [https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/crla/hrs/hrsah.htm].
[2] Oregon Hikers: Garfield Peak [www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Garfield_Peak].
[3] Wiki 2: Garfield Peak (Oregon) [en.wiki2.org/wiki/Garfield_Peak_(Oregon)]. 

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