Amboy Crater Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Amboy Crater is a volcanic cone of ash and cinders rising out of a lava flow. It has erupted at least four times; the most recent eruption happened 10,000 years ago. This short hike leads through the basalt flows and up a breach in the crater wall to the center of the cone. After the winter rains, the fields of purple sand verbena and desert lily along this route are especially photogenic. This trip has enough attractions to keep a child captivated, and the steady stream of freight trains on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe line blowing their whistles at Amboy lend a certain atmosphere that some may find appealing. The crater is located on BLM land outside the boundaries of Mojave National Preserve."
--David & Jennifer Money Harris, Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press).
"This very short trail travels to the base of the towering, black cinder cone of Amboy Crater. The first 0.7 miles of the trail can be tackled by a carefully driven passenger vehicle, but it is rough and slow going with embedded black lava rock. Past a small parking area, the trail is marked for 4WD vehicles only; passenger vehicles should stop here. The trail continues to twist and snake its way to the base of the cone. The embedded lava rock makes for a rough ride and is very hard on tires. However the trail is not technically difficult. It is marked sporadically with brown route markers, which are useful because the trail is often indistinct and a couple of incorrect trails can confuse the navigator. Special Attractions: The volcanic cone of Amboy Crater; Spectacular hiking trail to the crater rim. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface."
--Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson, Backcountry Adventures: Southern California (Adler Publishing ).
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