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Best place to start - 360 view

Located on 120E small sign indicates the turn. A little uphill and then you can choose left or... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
shesekmatok
,
Los Angeles, California
via mobile
Hike to the Crater

My wife and I were doing to trip to Yosemite and Mono Lake and we decided to visit Panum Crater as... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2016
SriniPM
,
Costa Mesa, California
via mobile
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This volcano is part of Mono Lake.
  • Excellent22%
  • Very good68%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
2 weeks ago
“Best place to start - 360 view”
27 Jun 2016
“Hike to the Crater”
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located on 120E small sign indicates the turn. A little uphill and then you can choose left or right. Choose right if you want to sweat a little the less. It took me about an hour and 20 minutes, because I stopped a lot to...More

Thank shesekmatok
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were doing to trip to Yosemite and Mono Lake and we decided to visit Panum Crater as well. There is a small mud road that leads to Panum Crater from 120 East. It's about 5 min drive in the mud road...More

Thank SriniPM
Reviewed 5 June 2016

We just happened upon this volcanic crater on our way back from the South Tufa Area of Mono Lake, and were surprised that it doesn't get more mention, since we had never actually seen a volcano. I agree that more trail and directional signage would...More

Thank JRusCanton
Reviewed 21 October 2015

Not far from Mono Lake and South Tufa, this interesting hike through, into and around an ancient volcano crater is well worth the diversion. The views from the crater rim are incredible - snow capped Sierra mountains, Mono Lake and vast landscapes full of mountains,...More

Thank backpacker31
Reviewed 29 September 2015

For me, Panum Crater was a huge disappointment. The signage was poor and it was difficult to determine what was a designated trail and what was a social or historic trail, now closed. The park needs a map of the designated trails posted at the...More

Thank klkks
Reviewed 21 September 2015

The sign showing the turn to Panum Crater off of Highway 120 south of Lee Vining is quite small and then the road in is rocky and rough. There is a nice parking area but there are no 'services'. The walk up to get a...More

Thank SueinSalem
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Although we had a hard time finding the turnoff to the crater (maybe it was just us), we really enjoyed exploring it once there. On the cold and rainy July day when we visited, we had the entire place to ourselves. The views are fabulous...More

Thank TracyTraveler
Reviewed 10 October 2014

This lava dome is an excellent and well preserved example of recent volcanic activity. The walk is not strenuous and interpretative signage is informative. We took our 2 and 3 year old, and although supervision was required they enjoyed following the relative flat trail and...More

1  Thank PMagarey
Reviewed 8 September 2014 via mobile

The 1 mile dirt road from the main road to the trailhead is a bit rough so either take it slow or hike it. The hike from the trailhead to the top of the crater is .5 miles. I give it 5 stars because my...More

Thank FamAdventures2014
Reviewed 9 August 2014

It was very hot and in such conditions a long or strenuous walk makes no sense. However, this is very rewarding, short and easy walking. The dirt road takes you very close to the top. Beware of your sat nav. There are a variety of...More

Thank MestaChios
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