Inyo Craters Trail

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Inyo Craters Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.4 miles 433 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips



cross country skiing




Short hike to two impressive craters filled with water in Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Ranger district. The hike to the first two craters is a short scenic trail heavily shaded by a steady canopy of trees. The trail skirts the perimeter of the first crater, where you can step down to an observation area to take in the intense views of the turquoise water set against the backdrop of Mammoth Mountain. Continue following the trail as it makes a slight climb up to the second crater, which holds a smaller darker lake and is more obstructed by trees. Retrace your steps to return to the parking lot. These craters are the most recently active eruptive centers of the Long Valley Caldera, dating from about 500 to 600 years ago. There are three main craters-North, South, and the crater at the summit of Deer Mountain.

4 years ago

Great day, last day of skiing on Mammoth Mountain, took this short hike to a couple of impressive turquoise water filled craters with some impressive views. Mammoth Lakes is a great area for hiking and exploring! Posting some pics.