ElevationAscent: 70' 21 m
Descent: -306' -93 m
High: 5,838' 1,779 m
Low: 5,584' 1,702 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“Hike across lava flows and through sagebrush to camp in a cinder cone.”— Bryce Jenkins
1. Bring a gallon of water a day per person minimum as none is available to treat or filter.
2. Check the weather—it's the desert.
3. An entrance fee to the Monument and Preserve is required (credit cards are accepted).
4. Backcountry permits are required to camp in the area. Check in the visitor center to obtain a free one.
After 0.6 miles you'll reach the junction with the Wilderness Trail. Follow it to the right and wander around the side of Big Cinder Butte, then down between Coyote Butte and Crescent Butte, where you'll get your first glimpse of Echo Crater and The Sentinel and Watchman beyond.
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Land Manager: NPS - Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve