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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Craters of the Moon National Monument

August 3, 2018

On my drive west to a job in Oregon, I had the chance to stop for a few hours at Craters of the Moon National Monument.  It is a very unique area unlike anything I have seen before.  The monument is quite large but access is generally limited to a small northern area by the visitor center unless an epic off-trail backpacking adventure is planned.

North Crater Flow Trail

Next I hike the Devil's Orchard Trail.

It was windy. I decided to hike up Inferno Cone.

There was a nice view.

View from top of Inferno Cone

I hiked a short distance on the North Crater Trail from the southern parking lot.

There was an expansive view of a crater.

Inferno Cone

Next I hiked the Caves Trail. A permit is needed to be able to enter the caves.

Dewdrop Cave

Craters of the Moon National Monument is a very interesting place whether explored for a few hours or probably even a few days on a backpacking adventure.

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I've been born and raised in the great state of Michigan. I recently graduated from physical therapy school. I enjoy being active, playing sports, and running. Backpacking has become a great interest as it is a physical challenge that provides many rewarding views and experiences. I strive to make a difference in the lives of those encounter in every day life, on the trail, or even just on this blog. May God bless each of you. Now go find an adventure! It's only a few feet away!