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 05/23/2017

  • Primary avalanche problems for Tuesday thru Thursday will focus on Loose Wet avalanches and very isolated Wet Slabs. Loose Wet will be a concern for all elevations and aspects (where snow is present). The risk for Loose Wet releases may become somewhat more widespread as overnight Lows remain near or above freezing and daytime temperatures remain above seasonable. Be especially cautious in complex terrain where sheltered rocky features can promote warming (chutes, couloirs, etc) and inhibit ove 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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