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Amboy Crater is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Amboy, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from September until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 442 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Mojave desert hike onto an ancient volcano crater through lava fields. Amboy crater is a moderate hike off of route 66. The crater is actually an ancient cinder cone near the Mojave national preserve. The Crater area has been used to test the Mars rovers. The crater trail starts though the lava fields. Just past the lava field is a moderately flat area to the base. From the base, hike to the west side up a moderate slope. On the west side, follow the hike trail near the base. At the breach, hike up the steep incline into the crater. Once inside, you can hike straight to the caldera, or follow one of the steep trails up to the rim. You can hike on the rim from one side of the breach to the other. The northeast side of the rim is very narrow and steep on both sides so be careful. Also, good hiking boots are recommended as the lava can be sharp. This hike is best attempted in the Fall and Winter as Summer temperatures can get over 100 degrees. Heat related illness and death have occurred in this area, take precaution and be well prepared if hiking during the summer months.

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rocky
2 days ago

HOT. Bring shade, water, and sunglasses. I did it in 95° weather with no shade. the end was decent view of the “Crater”

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rocky
11 days ago

Fun hike. Most of the hike is a flat-ish walk to the base of the crater. Sunblock, hats and water are a necessity. Great opportunity to examine Desert Iguanas and other lizards. View from the rim of the crater are pretty.

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28 days ago

Easy fun hike with a nice view at the end. Bring plenty of water. It was a 100 degrees when I hiked it.

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rocky
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3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Short easy trail but worth a visit. Easy parking. Pit toilet. Picnic tables. Did this in January 2020 and Kelso Dunes the same day.

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rocky
4 months ago

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washed out
4 months ago

The trail is well marked and relatively an easy hike to the base of the cinder cone. It's rocky to climb up to the crater and to the rim. We had a cloudy day and saw lots of hikers.

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rocky
4 months ago

Great winter hike. The temperature was cool. We timed it to end the hike at sunset. 30 minutes to the base. 15 minutes into the crater. ONLY 1.3 miles to the inside of the crater. 1.5 hours round trip but spend some time to check out the views!

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rocky
6 months ago

The sign says to give yourself 3 hours but it can be done in half that time easily. Do give yourself time to take pictures and explore the center of the crater though.

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rocky
6 months ago

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7 months ago

Nice easy hike, well maintained trail.

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9 months ago

Awesome hike with a beautiful view from the top of the crater.

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

My favorite hike to day. Could of used some poles - quite steep and rocky at times...

Sat May 18 2019

easy hike with beautiful views

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rocky
Wed Apr 17 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike. Lots of beautiful lizards, butterflies, beetles, and flowers (at least in April). Strong sense of the power of nature walking around the crater. Super windy walking around the top. Well managed land, not too much, not too little. There's an ADA accessible viewing area near the parking lot.

Wed Apr 10 2019

Great hike. Easy path to follow & nice views. Parking lot has vault toilets if needed & a couple of shaded picnic tables.

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Sun Apr 07 2019

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Thu Mar 28 2019

Abundance of wild flowers along the path to the crater. Crater hike Moderate difficulty. great views.

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