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Panum Crater Plug Trail

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 3.3 (3)

A rhyolitic volcanic cone with more wildflowers than you might expect.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Point to Point

6,940' 2,115 m

High

6,842' 2,086 m

Low

102' 31 m

Up

43' 13 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Great views and interesting rocks, a brief geology lesson.

Description

Panum Crater is a rhyolitic volcanic cone close to Mono Lake. Geologically, it is very young, just 600–700 years old. This trail heads up to plug at the top, crossing over pumice and obsidian. The initial 0.05 miles from the parking area doesn't look very promising but at the junction with the Panum Rim Trail yellow wildflowers and sage fill the landscape. At 0.25 miles, after a few switchbacks, the views of the Sierras, White Mountains, and Mono Lake are good and only get better. The second half of the trail is less distinct but still fairly easy to follow. While taking in the views, don't forget to look down at the interesting rocks.

The gravel road to Panum Crater from Highway 120 is marked. It is suitable for low clearance vehicles at a modest speed.

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Shared By:

Matthew Kidd with improvements by Tilman Giese

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  3.3 from 3 votes

#4

in Mono Lake

#25509

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  3.3 from 3 votes
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#2,726

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View back Panum Crater Trail
Apr 23, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
The Sierras are beautiful when seen from Panum Crater.
Jun 23, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Mono Lake pokes around the edge of Panum Crater.
Jun 23, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Yellow wildflowers bloom at Panum Crater.
Jun 23, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Panum Crater Plug Trail can be seen from near the top of the crater.
Jun 23, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
A pine tree clings to life on Panum Crater.
Jun 23, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA

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Jul 23, 2020
Sophia Barwegen
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Sophia Barwegen
Jun 28, 2020
Mai Tran
Nov 11, 2018
Tilman Giese