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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... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2016
Costa Mesa, California
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Stumbled Onto This Volcano

We just happened upon this volcanic crater on our way back from the South Tufa Area of Mono Lake... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2016
Canton, GA
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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Wow - trails around the rim of the crater, trails to the top of the crater and trails to the bottom of the crater - all with Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers as a back drop. Leave a couple hours to explore all the...More

Thank James_Hytner
Reviewed 11 September 2017

No many people know of this cool volcano hike - this is right next to Lake Mono and I would recommend that you go here if you go to Lake mono. There are 2 hike options and the trail is fairly easy - just a...More

Thank CAManSon
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Located on 120E small sign indicates the turn. A little uphill and then you can choose left or right. Choose right if you want to sweat a little the less. It took me about an hour and 20 minutes, because I stopped a lot to...More

Thank shesekmatok
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...More

1  Thank SriniPM
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...More

Thank JRusCanton
Reviewed 22 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,...More

Thank backpacker31
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...More

Thank klkks
Reviewed 22 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...More

Thank SueinSalem
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...More

Thank TracyTraveler
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...More

1  Thank PMagarey
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