Ubehebe and Little Hebe Craters

Death Valley, California 92328

Ubehebe and Little Hebe Craters

Ubehebe and Little Hebe Craters Professional Review and Guide

"These volcanic craters are a fascinating geology lesson on the forces that helped form Death Valley. A short loop hike around the large Ubehebe Crater and the several smaller ones enables you to witness the complex erosion patterns that have occurred since the craters’ birth.

The volcanic region at the north end of the Cottonwood Mountains, near Scotty’s Castle, is evidence of recent cataclysmic events in Death Valley, geologically speaking. The huge Ubehebe Crater was created maybe as recently as 300 years ago when magma heated groundwater and the pressure from the resulting steam blew the overlying rock away. This explosion covered 6 square miles of desert with volcanic debris 150 feet deep. Called a maar volcano by geologists, Ubehebe is a crater without a cone. The rim has been eroding ever since the explosion, gradually filling the crater with alluvial fans."

More Ubehebe and Little Hebe Craters Professional Reviews and Guides

"These volcanic craters are a fascinating geology lesson on the forces that helped form Death Valley. A short loop hike around the large Ubehebe Crater and the several smaller ones allows you to witness the complex erosion patterns that have occurred since the craters’ geologically recent birth.

The volcanic region at the north end of the Cottonwood Mountains, near Scotty’s Castle, is evidence of geologically recent cataclysmic events in Death Valley. The huge Ubehebe Crater was created around 300 years ago when magma heated groundwater and the pressure from the resulting steam blew the overlying rock away. This explosion covered 6 square miles of desert with volcanic debris 150 feet deep. Called a maar volcano by geologists, Ubehebe is a crater without a cone."

"This is a short loop hike around the large Ubehebe Crater and several smaller ones, as well as a down-and-back hike to the bottom crater. The volcanic region at the north end of the Cottonwood Mountains, near Scotty’s Castle, is evidence of recent cataclysmic events in Death Valley, geologically speaking. The huge Ubehebe Crater was created around 3,000 years ago when magma heated groundwater and the pressure from the resulting steam blew the overlying rock away.This explosion covered 6 square miles of desert with volcanic debris 150 feet deep. Called a maar volcano by geologists, Ubehebe is a crater without a cone. The rim has been eroding ever since the explosion, gradually filling the crater with alluvial fans."

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4/2/2012
So much fun running down into the crater. Much less fun coming back up.
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3/14/2012
Great short hike around a spectacular geological feature. We did this hike first thing in the morning, but I would start around 10 o'clock: the sun will be higher in the sky and it will illuminate the entire crater.
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2/21/2011
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Review by Bill & Teresa Kettler This are is worthy of exploration. The trail to the bottom of Ubehebe Crater is a steep walk through loose rubble. However, a very steep climb out can be exhausting, especially for those out of shape or with children (not reccommended). A easier 0.5-mile trail can be followed along the rim of Ubehebe to Little Hebe Crater.
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9/6/2000
Park your car at Ubehebe Crater parking and hike to the Little Hebe crater just 0.5 miles away. Gets windy but otherwise quite pleasant even in summer since you're at elevation of about 2,000 feet.
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Trail Information

Death Valley
Nearby City
1.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1-2 hours
Duration
Best season: Late October through April
Season
Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Contacts
NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Ubehebe Crater-CA
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Oct 2018