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This volcano is part of Mono Lake.

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Hike to the Crater

My wife and I were doing to trip to Yosemite and Mono Lake and we decided to visit Panum Crater as well. There is a small mud road that leads to Panum Crater from 120 East. It's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 June 2016
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Costa Mesa, California
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Costa Mesa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were doing to trip to Yosemite and Mono Lake and we decided to visit Panum Crater as well. There is a small mud road that leads to Panum Crater from 120 East. It's about 5 min drive in the mud road and then the hike starts. There are 2 trails, 1. Plug Trail 2. Rim Trail... More 

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Canton, GA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

We just happened upon this volcanic crater on our way back from the South Tufa Area of Mono Lake, and were surprised that it doesn't get more mention, since we had never actually seen a volcano. I agree that more trail and directional signage would be helpful, but we found this very interesting.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Not far from Mono Lake and South Tufa, this interesting hike through, into and around an ancient volcano crater is well worth the diversion. The views from the crater rim are incredible - snow capped Sierra mountains, Mono Lake and vast landscapes full of mountains, volcanoes and forests. There is a small parking area located at the base of the... More 

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Billings, Montana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

For me, Panum Crater was a huge disappointment. The signage was poor and it was difficult to determine what was a designated trail and what was a social or historic trail, now closed. The park needs a map of the designated trails posted at the kiosk at the parking lot. As it was, we hiked on one trail for several... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

The sign showing the turn to Panum Crater off of Highway 120 south of Lee Vining is quite small and then the road in is rocky and rough. There is a nice parking area but there are no 'services'. The walk up to get a view of the Crater is steep and slippery. Once you get to the viewing area... More 

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Pebble Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

Although we had a hard time finding the turnoff to the crater (maybe it was just us), we really enjoyed exploring it once there. On the cold and rainy July day when we visited, we had the entire place to ourselves. The views are fabulous and the variety of rocks and colors was interesting. The terrain can be a bit... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2014

This lava dome is an excellent and well preserved example of recent volcanic activity. The walk is not strenuous and interpretative signage is informative. We took our 2 and 3 year old, and although supervision was required they enjoyed following the relative flat trail and pottering on the rocks. As an amateur geologist this is an excellent example of a... More 

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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2014 via mobile

The 1 mile dirt road from the main road to the trailhead is a bit rough so either take it slow or hike it. The hike from the trailhead to the top of the crater is .5 miles. I give it 5 stars because my teenager really enjoyed it. The guide had lots of interesting things to say about how... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

It was very hot and in such conditions a long or strenuous walk makes no sense. However, this is very rewarding, short and easy walking. The dirt road takes you very close to the top. Beware of your sat nav. There are a variety of dirt tracks leading to the car park, but some are very rutted. Wait until you... More 

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Groveland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

Hat and sunscreen with extra water... if "check" then you are ready for this interpretative walk with Inyo Forest ranger to Panum Crater at Mono Lake. Very interesting! Very informative! Very hot and dry! The rock formations, the different types of rock, and the flowers that seem to grow out of nothing dirt, all amazing. Yes, do this hike. Did... More 

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