Inferno Cone Trail Craters of the Moon National Monument Idaho cinder cone hike
Inferno Cone Trail is a short but steep path up the cinder cone at the center of the scenic loop drive in Crater of the Moon National Monument. This 6,181-foot summit provides a panoramic view of the surrounding volcanic landscape. Inferno Cone Trail is just half a mile round trip with 160 feet of elevation gain. The killer overview of Craters of the Moon is well worth... Read more.
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Distance: 0.5 miles – Elevation change: 160 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 26, 2016
Caves Trail in Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, A hike above and below the surface of a lava flow exploring Indian Tunnel, Dewdrop Cave, Boy Scout Cave, and Beauty Cave - lava tube, lava cave, lava tunnel hiking
One of the coolest things to do anywhere there are lava flows is hike through lava tubes. This makes Caves Trail the most exciting hike in Craters of the Moon National Monument. The 1.6-mile hike visits four lava tubes, that each provide a unique experience. A sign at the trailhead explains:The Craters of the Moon landscape is more than just surface volcanic features.... Read more.
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Distance: 1.6 miles – Elevation change: 75 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2016
Camping Craters of the Moon National Monument Lava Flow Campground Idaho camp
If you are planning to stay overnight at Craters of the Moon National Monument, you are in luck. There is a 51-site campground near the park entrance. There isn't much else around Craters of the Moon, so it's a good thing the campground is there. If your flashlight runs out of batteries, you'll have to drive 18 miles to the small town of Arco to pick up... Read more.
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Lave Canyon hike Mount Saint Helens National Monument Gifford Pinchot National Forest Washington
With a name like Lava Canyon, you aren't likely to overlook this trail in the blast zone of Mount Saint Helens. What can you expect from this hike? For starters, you'll travel down a narrow canyon with precarious edges and exiting waterfall views. Then you'll cross the canyon on a suspension bridge that bounces and sways a bit too much for comfort. If that sounds good,... Read more.
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Distance: 1.25 miles – Elevation change: 250 feet
By: Published: Last updated: October 16, 2015
Ape Caves Trail Washington hike Mount Saint Helens National Monument Gifford Pinchot National Forest Ape Tube
Ape Cave is one of the longest lava tubes in the world, measuring approximately 2.5 miles in length. Hikers may travel unguided through the lava tube. After minimal preparations, Ape Cave deliver a one-of-a-kind adventure. If you ever wanted to go on a long hike in a dark tunnel, Ape Cave is the place. From the cave's main entrance, visitors can head down to the lower... Read more.
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Distance: 3.75 miles – Elevation change: 400 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 25, 2016
Trail of two forests hike Washington lava forest tunnel Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument Washington Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Trail of Two Forests offers a window into two time periods of forestation shaped by nearby Mount Saint Helens. The current forest is obvious - moss, fern, trees, and fighting shrubs that have regrown over lava that covered this land approximately 2,000 years ago. The second forest is ghosts of trees that once stood here. As slow-moving molten lava cooled, it surrounded... Read more.
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Mojave Desert Petroglyphs North Lava Bed Wash 17 mile point Mojave National Preserve California
Visitors driving though Mojave National Preserve between Baker and Kelso Depot may wish to stop near Seventeen Mile Point for a quick walk to simple petroglyphs drawn into the volcanic rock outcroppings along the road. While certainly not the only petroglyphs in the preserve, these might be the easiest to get to.A petroglyph engraved into the rockOn Kelbaker... Read more.
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Distance: 0.25 miles – Elevation change: 25 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2016
Lava Tube Trail Mojave National Preserve hike California desert cave -- A field of cinder cones stands out dramatically from the surrounding Mojave Desert between the city of Baker and Kelso Depot Visitor Center.  Within the lava field is a short trail leading to a tube formed long ago by molten lava.  A ladder takes hikers down into the tube where skylights (holes in the rock ceiling) illuminate a subterranean world.
A field of cinder cones stands out dramatically from the surrounding Mojave Desert between the city of Baker and Kelso Depot Visitor Center in Mojave National Preserve. Within the lava field is a short trail leading to a tube formed long ago by molten lava. A ladder takes hikers down into the tube where skylights (holes in the rock ceiling) illuminate a subterranean... Read more.
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Distance: 0.6 miles – Elevation change: 150 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2016
Amboy Crater desert hike California
Amboy Crater is nestled half way between Barstow and Needles, just off historic Route 66. It is located near, but not within, Mojave National Preserve. A visit to Amboy Crater will definitely take you back in time. Ten thousand years ago, this cinder cone volcano erupted, transforming the surrounding landscape. There is a 3-mile round trip trail leading up and into the... Read more.
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