Inyo Craters

Dry Creek Road Spur
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Toll free phone: 888-466-2666

Six hundred years ago, a massive explosion heated rock and ground water, causing a large blast zone. Three craters were formed. Today, snow melt and rainwater create emerald green pools in the craters. Accessibility: 1.4 miles (2.25 km) round-trip uphill hiking trail. Directions: From the Mammoth Scenic Loop follow signs to Inyo Craters. Take 1.3 mile (2km) unpaved road to trailhead.

Traveler Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Overall Rating: 4.5

based on 14 reviews

Easy hike but keep kids close at crater
Bit of a long drive to the trail head, but once there it’s an easy 1/2 mile hike. The crater was really beautiful. Cold but beautiful. I have two 10 year old boys that are constantly screwing around...
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Interesting to see.
These craters are cool to see but generally once you have no need to do again unless taking friends.
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Great Hike, follow the winter directions closely
This hike is great, the pine forest was amazing in the snow, the trails were really well groomed (no snow shoes needed for the main trails), and the craters are really unique. Be careful, though...
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Hiking & Backpacking


Takes 1 - 2 hours