SP Crater Climber's Log

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nader - Sep 25, 2021 9:58 am Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2021

SP Crater  Sucess!

See trip report.

Jerry L

Jerry L - May 1, 2020 6:21 pm Date Climbed: May 1, 2020

Brutal on the knees  Sucess!

My dog and I hiked up from the north side which is basically up the lava flow. It was brutal. We came down the west side on a well traveled trail. It took us less than 10 minutes to decend. It's pretty cool up there. You can camp here but not within a quarter of a mile of water.


mcmurdosound - Jul 21, 2013 2:51 am


and very cool!


geoturtle - Aug 14, 2012 4:20 pm Date Climbed: Mar 3, 2012

geology lab

did it with a geology lab, very impressive. Heard about a professor that camps down there every year to check out the stars. must be SWEEET.


jm141302 - Sep 8, 2011 7:24 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2011

First Volcano   Sucess!

Cool hike. It's like climbing up a pile of vegetated gravel. The hard rock section to get on the rim of the crater could be challenging for a very timid climber.


RickOShea82 - Aug 6, 2011 11:11 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2011

Great Views  Sucess!

What a beautiful piece of land the Babbitt's own! Gorgeous views all-around, black lava field to the North and Humphrey's Peak to the South. Quick hike but so worth it. Going back down was so much fun too!


callthedoctor - Nov 6, 2010 9:02 pm Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2010

Nice Day Hike  Sucess!

25 years of hiking in Flagstaff...my first time on this popular crater. Nice hike, started around 2pm with my 7 year old son, Ty. We quickly summited (see below), walked around the perimeter of the cone, had a snack then descended around 4pm. It was Saturday, saw 3 other vehicles and a few other hikers.

I actually parked on the western side of SP on the saddle of the next cone west (followed a double track road from the north actually circumferences SP). My Toyota needed "low" to creep up the steep, slippery slope but it probably saved us half the climb.

Nothing much to note..several cairns around the top crater. One LARGE one on the north end, thought it might be gravesite for someone's pet or something...or someone just got ambitious and stacked a bunch of rocks. Also (like Strawberry Crator) a windbreak, but I'll bet it was recently made as well.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Oct 5, 2009 11:47 pm Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2009

With Geology Class  Sucess!

Hiked up SP for a geology lab at NAU. Crazy views and cool little volcano. Lots of interesting rocks up there and the crater is quite nice too. Had a nice view of Humphrey's, with snow on it!


geoturtle - Aug 14, 2012 4:17 pm

Re: With Geology Class

I did it with a geology lab too... weird. :P


eferesen - Jan 5, 2009 12:51 am Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2006

Geology Field Visit  Sucess!

Was taking Geology 240 Field Methods. We mapped a region near SP Crater and then hiked up it. Fun day

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Dec 15, 2008 1:21 pm Date Climbed: May 18, 1994

Crater Encounter  Sucess!

A very instructive hike. The black lava flow that snakes over the plain from the crater is impressive.

Brett A - Dec 14, 2008 8:45 pm

Volcanophile  Sucess!

I've climbed this one on a couple of occasions. It's always very peaceful up there

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