Inyo Craters

Inyo Craters, Mammoth Lakes: Address, Inyo Craters Reviews: 4.5/5

Inyo Craters
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Priffle
Rio Rico, AZ396 contributions
Most excellent hike and vistas
May 2021 • Couples
On a whim, took an afternoon hike up to the craters. The trails are very walkable; some trails are better-less fallen trees. There are at least three paths up to the craters.

Pros; beautiful vistas and an easy walk.

Highly recommend if in the area.
Written May 26, 2021
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Bad Mama Jama
11 contributions
Easy hike but keep kids close at crater
Nov 2019 • Family
Bit of a long drive to the trail head, but once there it’s an easy 1/2 mile hike. The crater was really beautiful. Cold but beautiful. I have two 10 year old boys that are constantly screwing around so when we got to the crater rim I had a death grip on both of their jackets. A portion of the ground around crater rim with the fence/guard rail has collapsed. The remaining rim area has no barrier. So if you are a parent of “rambunctious” kids please be aware of these potential hazards.
Written November 21, 2019
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kencaley
San Clemente, CA3 contributions
Interesting to see.
Aug 2019
These craters are cool to see but generally once you have no need to do again unless taking friends.
Written September 3, 2019
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TJB
San Francisco, CA192 contributions
Great Hike, follow the winter directions closely
Apr 2019 • Couples
This hike is great, the pine forest was amazing in the snow, the trails were really well groomed (no snow shoes needed for the main trails), and the craters are really unique.

Be careful, though, some directions online are for summer, some are for Winter. I got there by...parking where the Mammoth Lakes website told me to off Mammoth lakes scenic loop. I then walked straight in and followed signs to the C trail, until I got to a fork in the trail that had a broken Crater Trail sign just poking out of the snow and pointing right. *If you go left here, you will end up in a huge meadow with sweeping mountain views, but it's not the way to the craters. We went left and enjoyed the meadow, but later doubled back and took the right fork. You then continue until you see a silver MSA sign that points left and says Crater. Turn left there and follow the trail .5 miles to the craters. The alternative route is to continue past the silver sign and then look for blue blazes on your left just after the restroom hut. If you take the blue blazes in winter, the terrain is definitely snow shoe worthy for the last .5 miles.

Enjoy this trail, it's great.
Written April 6, 2019
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1socalgirl
Southern Calif.198 contributions
Cool, simple hike, worth a look!
Jul 2018 • Couples
The Inyo Crater sign is a little hard to see, turning off the road (Mammoth scenic road to June Lake), so be on the lookout! The dirt road to the parking lot of the start of the hike to the craters is a little rough here and there. After you arrive at the parking lot, the hike is simple...just slightly uphill. We enjoyed the easy hike and seeing the craters. If you have some spare time, it’s a fun thing to do!
Written July 23, 2018
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Marni K
San Jose CA317 contributions
Hubby liked it more than I did
Sep 2017 • Couples
We visited the craters today and I was completely underwhelmed by them. However, even though it was a mile and a half drive on a dirt road it was relatively easy to get to. And the walk itself through the forest was delightful and not at all difficult.

So even though, once arriving at the first of the 3 craters, my reaction was "meh", we did walk onto the second one, which was even less inspiring for me. We did not walk to the third one which I'm sure was absolutely fabulous and we probably really missed out by turning around early. My husband liked the craters more than I did. But we both really enjoyed the entire experience and the weather was beautiful and the sky was gorgeous and it was just so wonderful being in that forest which was redolent with the smells of trees and dirt.
Written September 11, 2017
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mini
Fremont, CA126,174 contributions
Viist to Inyo Craters
Aug 2017 • Couples
We drove out to Inyo Craters. The turn off for it is on the Mammoth Lakes Drive (which is between highway 395 and Mammoth Lakes Village.). We drove the dirt road (its a bit rugged at times) to take a look at Inyo Craters. From the small parking area its a short hike out to see Inyo Craters.
Written August 17, 2017
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BeachsideMartinis
Oceanside, CA131 contributions
Easy hike with a big payoff
Aug 2017
To get here, your car will be on a gravel road for a bit so make sure it can handle it. There are a couple of trails that lead to the top. We took the one at the end of the parking lot. It's a little longer but not as straight up as the main trail which we took back. My son gave me a heart attack by getting a bit too close to the edge. Teens!
Written August 15, 2017
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sandyjyork
Pasadena, CA11 contributions
Inyo Craters
Oct 2016 • Couples
You'll drive until you reach a downed tree. There's a turn out and three large cars can fit. There are two trails that are about 1/2 mile to the crater. It's an easy walk.
Written October 19, 2016
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SCVerMF
Santa Clarita, CA108 contributions
Good on hot day
Jul 2016 • Family
Super interesting to see. Lots of tall trees along trail, and is at elevation, so it is cooler than many trails. Good if you want to squeeze in an activity in the afternoon but not kill yourself. Was not at all crowded. Bathroom at trailhead. We brought dogs and it was perfect...mild uphill walk going out. Options to walk father.

Neither the trails or the turnoff off the scenic loop were well marked at start/finish. Pretty clear though when you are in the right track. Look at Google maps to find the turnoff.
Written August 13, 2016
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