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SP Crater Professional Review and Guide
"A cross-country hike to an unusually symmetrical volcanic crater and an associated lava flow on the Coconino Plateau. It’s a steep climb on a loose, cinder surface, but well worth the effort.Follow the dirt road up the drainage to a saddle on the west side of SP Mountain. Now turn east and climb directly up the slope to the rim of SP Crater. It’s a steep climb on a loose, cinder surface, but well worth the effort. In summer, this can be a hot hike, so carry water."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Northern Arizona (Falcon Guides).
This climb, on Babbitt ranchland is north of Flagstaff on Route 89. Once you turn back toward the crater, it can be a bumpy ride. The crater is all cinder, so can be frustrating as you try to make progress. Views from the top, however, are breath-taking. The San Francisco Peaks tower to the south, the Painted Desert to the east and Navajo Nation and Grand Canyon to the north. There is no bad view. DO NOT attempt to step into the crater!!!! You are unlikely to see a soul out here, but, be cautious, bovine are everywhere.
A great short hike of a "textbook-example" cinder cone with a GREAT crater at the top. Best cinder cone I've ever climbed.
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