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Inferno Cone

A windswept limber pine tree standing at an angle at the top of the Inferno Cone. Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

The Inferno Cone hike is a strenuous 0.2 mile trail in Craters of the Moon National Monument that goes straight up a cinder cone to provide panoramic views of the surrounding terrain. Though short, the trail takes the most direct route up to the top.

Inferno Cone Trail Description

The Inferno Cone Trail begins from the parking area on the east side of the road. It’s visible from the ground as a more worn-in section of the cone. For the park’s sake, please stay on the trail itself so as to not damage sensitive areas outside of the trail.

The trail itself climbs steeply up to the top, where panoramic views await from the large and rounded summit. Extending to the south and east is the bulk of the preserve. Looking west you get a great view of the various craters that are featured along the North Crater Trail. Enjoy the views and head down the same way you came up.

Getting There

From the Robert Limbert Visitor Center, head south along the main park road for 2.6 miles and look for the Inferno Cone pullout on the left.

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