Elevation: 6,055 ft
This cone is not in the book. Published December 2019
Half Cone is Peak #10 of the Craters 10-Pack
Date of Climb: May 31, 2019
Half Cone is an unranked hump located NE of [much larger] Big Cinder Butte. It is a fun and easy scramble from a saddle connecting the two peaks. The Wilderness Trail gets you to the saddle. USGS Inferno Cone
Southwest Face, Class 2
Drive up the Craters of the Moon NM Loop Road to signed turnoff for the Tree Molds Trail. This side road heads south and ends at the aforementioned trailhead. Park at the Broken Top Loop Trailhead and follow the Broken Top Loop Trail E a short distance to the Buffalo Caves and a trail junction soon after that. At the trail junction, go R/S on the Wilderness Trail.
Follow the Wilderness Trail for 0.8 mile on the trail to reach a wide saddle between Big Cinder Butte and Half Cone. Leave the trail and scramble NE to the summit of Half Cone. The terrain here is nice open gravel on the lower half of the Southwest Face and then easy scrub/grass/gravel on the upper half of the face. The high point of Half Cone is a lava outcrop.
Regions: SNAKE RIVER PLAIN
Mountain Range: Snake River Plain
Longitude: -113.52389 Latitude: 43.42319