Inyo Craters Trail 0.8 mi

  • There are two primary trails that leave from the parking area and connect to the summit rims of the three volcanic craters. The parking area, located 3 miles north of the Mammoth Scenic Loop on a graded dirt road through old-growth Jeffrey pine forest, includes a restroom and interpretive information. The craters were formed by a series of small but violent steam-blast eruptions about six hundred years ago. The two southernmost craters are approximately 200 feet deep and contain small lakes. Views stretch from San Joaquin Ridge to the Mono Craters to the White Mountains. Access in winter is by snowshoes, skis or snowmobile.

  • There are two primary trails that leave from the parking area and connect to the summit rims of the three volcanic craters. The parking area, located 3 miles north of the Mammoth Scenic Loop on a graded dirt road through old-growth Jeffrey pine forest, includes a restroom and interpretive information. The craters were formed by a series of small but violent steam-blast eruptions about six hundred years ago. The two southernmost craters are approximately 200 feet deep and contain small lakes. Views stretch from San Joaquin Ridge to the Mono Craters to the White Mountains. Access in winter is by snowshoes, skis or snowmobile.

Trail Alerts

  • 12/12/2017: SNOW AND WINTER CONDITIONS EXIST ABOVE 8000 FEET. NON-SNOW RELATED ACTIVITIES MAY BE ACCESSED AT LOWER ELEVATIONS.
  • Trail Activities

    • Birding
    • Hiking
    • Interpretive
    • Mountain Biking

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    Trail Information

    • Typical grade 7% - (Maximum 21% for 9 feet)
    • Typical cross slope 1% - (Maximum 5% for 50 feet)
    • Typical width at trail surface 38 feet
    • Soil
    • 14 Stairs exist on this trail
    • A standard ramp is 8%. Conditions subject to change.

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Inyo Craters

  • Hours/Season: All day | Summer Fall 

  • Hiking  Interpretive  Photography  Vista Viewing 

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Experience Rating Length (mi) Surface Duration
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Mountain Biking the Inyo Craters Loop 10.3 Soil Less than 4 hours
Snowshoeing to the Inyo Craters 3.1 Snow Less than 4 hours
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