John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

Craters of the Moon National Monument

North Crater Flow Trail

North Crater Flow Trail

North Crater Flow Trail

North Crater Flow Trail

North Crater Flow Trail

The Trail Is Slanted or Is It Me?

Inferno Cone

I Try To Hike Up

Headed Down

I'm The One Not Running

Too Windy To Hike

Splatter Cones

Devils Orchard

Lichen

Lichen

Wildflower

Wildflower

Devils Orchard

Antelope Bitterbrush

Witch's Broom

Devils Orchard


WINDY! We visit Craters of the Moon National Monument. At the visitor center, we watch a video. Well, we watch part of a video. Two school buses show up so we head to the seven-mile loop road.

Our first stop is the North Crater Flow Trail. A .25-mile trail crosses one of the youngest flows. Off I go. Did I mention that it is windy? At times, I fight to stay on the trail. I take pictures but have to kneel to keep my camera still!

We stop at the Inferno Cone. A person can climb to the top but I have learned my lesson. It is windy. No, I have not. The school kids are going up. I only make it part way. I am now fighting to keep upright. Besides, my camera battery is going dead. This is a good excuse to turn around.

We drive to the splatter cones. I get out of the car. Into the wind, I can barely make it across the parking lot. There is no way I am climbing that rock!

We continue the scenic drive. We stop at the trail that leads to the caves. Can you believe I skip this? I love caves but the trail is unprotected across the lava rocks. I do not think I have the energy.

At the Devils Orchard, I find a trail that is more protected. Island-like lava fragments stand in a sea of cinders. This is the first trail where I can stand up straight and look around me. I take pictures of the wildflowers, lichen, trees and rocks.

President Calvin Coolidge established Craters of the Moon National Monument in 1924. He described it as “a weird and scenic landscape, peculiar to itself.” He was right!

Campground: Craters of the Moon KOA

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