Panorama Dome

  • The treeless summit of Panorama Dome offers a unique perspective on the "fire and ice" geology that caused the area to look as it does today--right from the heart of the action. During the last major ice age, from about 25,000 to 12,000 years ago, a huge cirque glacier worked to scoop out what is now the Lakes Basin, pushing rocks and debris out into the Mammoth Creek Valley through a gap between the existing volcanic mountains. Panorama Dome now stands in that gap, strewn with evidence of what is known as lateral moraine, like a dyke between the Lakes Basin and the enormous volcanic caldera beyond.

  • The treeless summit of Panorama Dome offers a unique perspective on the "fire and ice" geology that caused the area to look as it does today--right from the heart of the action. During the last major ice age, from about 25,000 to 12,000 years ago, a huge cirque glacier worked to scoop out what is now the Lakes Basin, pushing rocks and debris out into the Mammoth Creek Valley through a gap between the existing volcanic mountains. Panorama Dome now stands in that gap, strewn with evidence of what is known as lateral moraine, like a dyke between the Lakes Basin and the enormous volcanic caldera beyond.

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

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Trail Length (mi) Surface Activities and Services
Lakes Basin Path 5.3 Asphalt Biking Hiking Pets
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Experience Rating Length (mi) Surface Duration
Birding on Panorama Dome 1.3 Soil Less than 4 hours
Hiking the Panorama Dome Trail 1.8 Soil Less than 4 hours
Snowshoeing on Panorama Dome 0.8 Snow Less than 4 hours
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