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Amboy Crater Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (3)

A quick trail to the summit of a 10,000-year-old volcanic crater.


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Map Key

2.2

Miles

3.6

KM

Point to Point

928' 283 m

High

663' 202 m

Low

303' 92 m

Up

119' 36 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

There's no protection from the sun here. Either go in the winter or wear a big, cheesy hat.

Description

This strange feature seems to rise randomly out of the California desert. From the parking lot, you follow the sandy trail which meanders through an ancient lava flow. The rocks have been pitted and worn smooth over the millennia. The many pockets in the rock create hiding spots for lizards and other creatures.

Soon, you arrive at the crater and come to the broken down west side which allows for an easy entrance. From here, you can explore the old volcano from rim to base and then head back on the same trail that you came from.

Flora & Fauna

Desert iguana and other cool reptiles. Early spring features lots of wildflowers.

Contacts

Shared By:

Russell Hobart

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Amboy Crater as the sun sets.
Feb 17, 2019 near Twentyn…, CA
Desert Iguana catching some shade.
Mar 21, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA
A close-up view of the Amboy Crater.
Mar 21, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA
View from the base of Amboy Crater.
Feb 17, 2019 near Twentyn…, CA
Inside the Amboy Crater.
Mar 21, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA

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May 23, 2021
Justin Morrison
4.3mi — 2h 25m
Jan 16, 2021
Elizabeth Rios
Apr 8, 2020
Deryk Clary
Trail had a few large puddles due to recent rain. Other than that it was a beautiful run! Many American lady butterflies, flowers, and lizards
Feb 9, 2019
Dylan Payne