Obsidian Dome Trail

EASY 11 reviews
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Obsidian Dome Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near June Lake, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
98 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

historic site

A short interesting hike leading to the center of a Volcano with spectacular obsidian and other volcanic rock. Amazing views of jagged formations and the High Sierra rising in the distance. Plenty of room to explore once inside the volcano. Conveniently located between Mammoth Lakes and June Lake CA in the Eastern Sierra.

11 days ago

I love this hike it’s so different from most

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2 months ago

One of the best places to see a hill of solid obsidian - beautiful black glass - although it just looks like rock until you break it open - don't remove it. Wear good shoes. 11 miles north of Mammoth Lakes up I-395 from the I-395 and CA-203 intersections, take a left on Obsidian Dome road, and it is 2.7 miles up Obsidian, Glass Flow, and Glass Creek Rds. Dirt road to parking area; hike starts down and to the right of the dome and up a gravel bulldozed hill that takes you into the cone at the top. Really good description here: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/long_valley/long_valley_sub_page_19.html [along with directions - coordinates - about 37°44.810' N, 119°01.305' W]. The hike is easy, looks like a hill up to a rock quarry. Nice distant views from the top.

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2 months ago

Excellent hike through the snowy woods. I feel that this hike is really best during late April when you have the beautiful snow capping the mountains and the volcano itself.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Amazing geological site with intense views. The giant chunks of obsidian are amazing.

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