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SP Crater HikeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2009
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking3.27 Miles 898 AEG
Hiking3.27 Miles   3 Hrs      1.09 mph
898 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Stunning perfect volcano with inner crater and an unreal jet-black lava flow stretching miles to the north! Only thing missing were the dinosaurs...

We initially missed the Ranch Road turn-off from Hwy 89 because we were looking for Mile Marker 446. No problem - just pulled into Hank's Trading Post on the west side of the highway and made the "U-eeee"...

The drive along the washboard road was uneventful - reminded me a bit of the roads to Grand Falls. Plenty of cows with their new calves along the way...

Parked the truck near the double-track turn-off from the ranch road and began the hike from there. Not because it wasn't drivable, only because we wanted the dogs to be able to stretch their legs. Out of the truck poured Lynn, Hannah, and the dogs - Pauli and Skippy, as we started the lung-opening trek up the double-track to the saddle.

Took multiple switch backs up the cinder cone. There's an obvious path at the saddle but it disappears near the cedar trees. From there I continued a switch back path up to the lava boulders and onto the rim.

Views from the rim provide a spectacular vantage. Circled around the rim and surfed down the cinders in record time to the saddle and back to the truck as our shadows started to grow long..

Yes - the only thing missing were the dinosaurs. Great set location for Jurassic Park IV - SP Crater Adventures...
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