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 03/27/2017

  • As of 5AM Monday morning, there are between 1 and 3 inches of new snow in the eastern Sierra, primarily north of Mammoth and at elevations above 7,000’. Southwest winds accompanied this fast moving storm and they will shift more to the north tonight (Monday) and Tuesday as temperatures rebound. Wind slabs will be our primary avalanche concern today at middle and upper elevations. As temperatures climb this afternoon and tomorrow, so will the risk of loose wet avalanches on solar slopes at middle 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

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    Experience Information

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

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