Inferno Cone

Short but steep hike to one of the best photo locations in the park.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
650 m
Ascent
45 m
Descent
45 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
10˚
Inferno Cone Map

There are multiple hikes in Craters of the Moon that reach the top of cinder cones, and Inferno Cone is the shortest of them. It's a steep but smooth walk on compacted cinders to the top of this little volcano. There's no pronounced crater at the top, but a broad dome with incredible views on all sides.

Description

You'll notice a natural platform of oddly red-colored stone, and if you look around you'll find many variations of blackened volcanic rock, forged by eruptions long ago. Look, but don't collect! The most striking attraction is a singular pine tree––tall but gnarled by the wind––that's managed to grow up here. You'll see its roots have already been badly exposed, so please don't trample too close to it. With careful footsteps you can move about the summit and see landmarks throughout the lava fields and beyond.

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Family friendly