There was so much smoke blowing in from the Ferguson Fire that you couldn't even see the Sierra. The pale orange sky really made it seem like the surface of Mars.
Enjoyable hike through the crater. Nice way to start the day.
Short hike up Plug Trail then cross-crater to the highpoint. Stopped on way back from White Mountain Peak
Thought I saw lights! No. It was obsidian reflecting the afternoon sun.
a short fun little hike, lots of obsidian and pumice. pretty cool
In September, 1996. My wife and I hiked around the rim and then hiked to the top of the central peak. Highly recommended.
Decided to make this side trip while driving through. Cool views and interesting little hike.
Hiked around sunset after a nice day up by Tioga Pass. Very cool little area.
Hiked this one with the family. Cool area.
Took the plug trail and enjoyed the amazing geology of this little diversion near Mono Lake. Free-climbed the first tower you reach as you enter the crater. I'd call it class 4 or easy 5, but if someone else has an opinion let me know.
This was the only "peak" we managed due to the crappy weather. Far cry from Boundary/Montgomery (option A), Glass Mtn Ridge (option B) and Crater Mtn/South Crater (option C). Oh, well...
Spring '07, while in the area for a short week of Yosemite stuff.
Hiked up to Panum Crater after spending a week in Yosemite. Mono Lake reminds me of the Great Salt Lake plus the tufa.
Managed to cut myself badly enough on the glass to require 5 stitches.
I was part of a scientific drilling group that put a corehole through Obsidian Dome, the dike between Obsidian and Deadman, and the dike by the craters.
This is a good family trip - my 21 month old son Evan did his first hike here, joined by his 8 year old twin siblings.
Very interesting, quick hike up and into a dormant volcano. Anybody with just a remote interest in geology will enjoy this hike. Did the rim and plug trail on a beautiful day in March.