Panum Crater, California, USA

 

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On the way to Mono Lake, we stopped at Panum Crater. Panum Crater is part of a chain of craters called the Mono-Inyo Craters.  Panum Crater is the youngest of these craters that formed 600 to 40,000 years ago. There is a hike into the crater plug and around the crater on the rim. The trail into the crater has some loose rock.  The boys found some obsidian rocks along the way.  There is no shade on this hike, inside the crater and on the rim. The crater rim trail took us on a ridge, affording beautiful views of Mono Lake and the island that sits in its midst.  Docent led hikes are available for these trails. There is a visitor center in the town of Lee Vining that gave us helpful information and a map of area attractions.

Walking into the crater of a Plug Volcano, Panum Crater, Mono Lake, California

Walking into the crater of a Plug Volcano, Panum Crater, Mono Lake, California

Obsidian found in crater of Panum Crater, Mono Lake, California

Obsidian found in the crater of Panum Crater, Mono Lake, California

 

Practical Information (as of August 2015)

Directions:  Map of Mono Lake and area

Features:  Walk into and on the rim of an active crater, Obsidian rocks, Views of Mono Lake

Hike:  about 1.5 miles -2.5 miles (depending on how much exploring you do in the crater) hot, unshaded, loose rocks and sandy trail

Entrance Fee/Parking Fee: Free

 

Warning: The safety of these adventures are dependent on a variety of factors including but not limited to: terrain, weather, wildlife, hiker skill level, human error, and other foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.  As such, we will not be held responsible for any harm, injury, and/or loss that may result. Your personal judgement on the safety of each adventure is required at all times. Please use your own discretion and be safe.

 

 

 

 

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