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Panum Crater, California: Address, Panum Crater Reviews: 4/5

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This volcano is part of Mono Lake.
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Dionges1
Los Angeles, CA2,849 contributions
Convenient Side Trip When Visiting Mono Lake
Apr 2021
Took a short hike in the crater after visiting Mono Lake. A very convenient stop and it did not take long to experience this rare crater in the Eastern Sierras. The outline of the crater was not distinct as in other volcano craters. There are significant volcanic rock formations, loose rocks everywhere and more obsidian than I have seen in any one location.
Written 10 May 2021
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Gregory T
15 contributions
Vacation, research for teaching course on geology
Jul 2020
Panini is a perfect example of obsidian formation combined with palmas the plug formation is incredibly diverse and easily navigated there is some of the best obsidian samples I’ve ever seen
Written 12 July 2020
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dukepat2016
Sunnyvale, CA4 contributions
Panum Crater
Aug 2019 • Solo
Who knew we had a volcano in Eastern Sierras? Over 600 years since last eruption - a blip in geological time. Easy access with last mile on gravel then short uphill climb. Interesting site and great view from top of Mono Lake nearly.
Written 29 August 2019
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E W
4 contributions
Great tour on Sat & Sun mornings!
Jul 2019 • Family
The volcano tour of Panum Crater was fantastic! It departs from the Panum Crater parking lot at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer. Our guide, Rich, was amazingly knowledgeable about the geology and history of Mono Lake. We learned fascinating information which made our visit to the lake (and the entire region) much more meaningful. Be sure to wear sunblock, sturdy shoes, a sun hat, and bring water.
Written 28 July 2019
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James Hytner
Greater Palm Springs, CA1,065 contributions
A must for your itinerary
Oct 2018 • Couples
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 trails, views, rock types and rock formations.
Do not miss.
I would classify as moderate hiking - make sure you bring water.
Written 8 October 2018
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CAManSon
California110 contributions
Path less traveled - Nice hike near lake mono
Aug 2017 • Couples
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 little slope when you climb up to the top where you will see a sign for the 2 trail options (rim and plug).

It was really interesting to see the plug of a volcano crater in real - the plug is full of obsidian which is really cool to see in person.

I would recommend doing the plug trail and part of the rim so you can get nice views of lake mono too. This is a very short and easy hike but it does get hot as there is no shade.

Google maps will show the correct driving directions if you just type Panum crater.

Go walk on the volcano!
Written 11 September 2017
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shesekmatok
Los Angeles, CA685 contributions
Best place to start - 360 view
Jul 2017 • Solo
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 admire the view and take pics. Almost at the end of the trail there is cell reception for T-Mobile 😊
If you want to venture a little more, there's a way down to the base of tbe crater.
Enjoy
Written 5 July 2017
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SriniPM
Mysuru (Mysore), India48 contributions
Hike to the Crater
Jun 2016 • Couples
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

We decided to take the Plug Trail and it took us into the volcano and we could see the violence unleashed by nature few years back.

It's a must see place if you visit Mono Lake. Try doing it in the morning evening when it's not that hot. Also, please make sure that you are stocked up in water
Written 27 June 2016
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JRusCanton
Canton, GA111 contributions
Stumbled Onto This Volcano
Jun 2016 • Couples
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.
Written 5 June 2016
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,371 contributions
Easy Hike - Great Views
Oct 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 crater accessible via a dirt road. The hiking trails begin at the parking area. There is good signage and a information about the crater/area.
Written 21 October 2015
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