Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing to the Inyo Craters

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  • Snowshoeing to the Inyo Craters is a perfect family-friendly introduction to this ancient means of winter travel and to the volcanic history of the area. Starting from the Inyo Craters staging area just off the Mammoth Scenic Loop, follow signs and orange diamonds through the old-growth Jeffrey pine forest to the craters trailhead. The trail is groomed and easy and best used midweek when snowmobile traffic is at a minimum. To look down into the craters, and to enjoy the sweeping views of the Long Valley Caldera, make the short climb to the rim—but don't try to go down into the craters! Return the way you came.

  • Snowshoeing to the Inyo Craters is a perfect family-friendly introduction to this ancient means of winter travel and to the volcanic history of the area. Starting from the Inyo Craters staging area just off the Mammoth Scenic Loop, follow signs and orange diamonds through the old-growth Jeffrey pine forest to the craters trailhead. The trail is groomed and easy and best used midweek when snowmobile traffic is at a minimum. To look down into the craters, and to enjoy the sweeping views of the Long Valley Caldera, make the short climb to the rim—but don't try to go down into the craters! Return the way you came.

Avalanche Forecast for 12/05/2019

  • AVALANCHE FORECAST: Fresh wind slabs at upper elevations and soft storm slabs at mid to lower elevations are the main avalanche concern for Thursday thru Friday. 4-8” of new snow fell during the day on Wednesday with moderate SW winds near ridge tops. Winds are expected to increase Friday making wind slabs more widespread at lower elevations. Find out More
  • Experience Checklist

    • Animal Track Identifier/Guide
    • Binoculars
    • Camera
    • Day pack
    • Energy bars/electrolyte replacement
    • Hat
    • Hiking boots
    • Ski poles
    • Snowshoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen/lip protector
    • Telephoto lens
    • Tree Identifier/Guide
    • Warm clothing
    • Water
    • Wildlife-identification guide
    • Winter gloves

    Public Services

    Experience Information

    Trail Length
    3.1 miles
    Trail Surface
    Snow
    Duration
    Less than 4 hours

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