Ubehebe Crater

Date Visited: 11.24.12

Created by a powerful volcanic steam explosion, Ubehebe Crater measures 600 feet deep and a half mile across. As a result of the explosion, light to dark gray cinder deposits blanketed the surrounding area.

Before I hiked Ubehebe Crater, my shoes were black. By the time I finally scrambled out of the crater, they were a distinctively tan color, coated by volcanic cinder. The steep path leading down to the crater bottom is covered by cinder, these finely fragmented volcanic rocks, which makes it difficult to get a steady footing–with every step, your foot sinks ankle-deep into these little rocks, which inevitably get their way into your shoes.

Climbing out was the hardest; for every two steps forward, you’ll slide one step back.

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