Hike the North Crater Trail

Details

Distance

3.5 miles

Elevation Gain

666 ft

Added by Annelise G

A scenic hike along the edge of multiple volcanic craters in Craters of the Moon National Monument.

One of the longest hikes at Craters (none of them are very long), the North Crater trail boasts a view of beautiful red and orange rock along the ridgeline of some massive volcanic craters. You can start the trail from either end—at the campground parking lot near the entrance to the park or at the parking lot by the spatter cones along the park loop.

The trail is fairly steep to start, but once you hit the ridgeline, it's fairly even with a few ups and downs. As you hike you will follow a trail that meanders along the ridgeline of multiple craters—one side of the trail gives you a view of the craters and the other side of the trail provides a far-reaching view of the lava flows.

The trail is wide enough to walk on with plenty of room to either side, but you are on a ridge so there are drops on both sides. Not too precarious, but just something to be aware of.

Read More

Know for

Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

Nearby

Reviews

Leave a Review

🥇Top Contributor

6 months ago

Currently NOT ENTIRELY Closed

Just went to Craters last week—all the caves are currently closed along with the North Crater Trail. HOWEVER, if you start at the spatter cones parking lot, you can actually hike most of North Crater! The trail is closed due to instability (from an earthquake?), but the spatter cones end is fine for now. Even just going a mile in (the whole trail is about 3 miles) you will see some amazing scenery.

4 total saves

4.0/5

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Nearby Adventures

Bike the Loop Road at Craters of the Moon National Monument

7 mi / 500 ft gain

Backcountry Ski on a Cinder Cone at Craters of the Moon

2 mi / 500 ft gain

Hike the Inferno Cone

4.0
1 mi / 500 ft gain

Stroll Through Devil's Orchard

3.0
0.5 mi / 3 ft gain
More Nearby Adventures

Visit Idaho

Idaho is a picturesque state filled with beautiful scenery and warm, wonderful people. It's an ideal destination for family travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, or those just looking for a relaxing getaway.

Learn More