Elevation: 6,107 ft
This cone is not in the book. Published December 2019
Date of Climb: May 31, 2019
Paisley Cone is a rocky outcrop with a steep West Face. This cone offers all kinds of lava terrain: loose gravel, boulders, the ever-present talus/scree, and rocky outcrops. It is best approached from either the East or the South via the Loop Road. USGS Inferno Cone
Northwest Ridge, Class 2
Drive up the Craters of the Moon NM Loop Road to the parking pullout for the Inferno Cone “trail.” Park here (6,040 feet). This climb is part of a multi-peak endeavor including Big Craters, Silent Cone, North Crater, and Paisley Cone. This route is the next leg of a traverse from North Crater to Paisley Cone.
From the gravelly saddle at the base of the Northwest Ridge, scramble up loose lava gravel then scrub/grass to reach the ridge. Follow the ridge on scrub/grass to the narrow, rocky outcrop that is the summit of Paisley Cone.
South Ridge, Class 2
Same as for the Northwest Ridge Route. This route is the final leg of a loop route that begins and ends at the Inferno Cone trailhead parking area.
From the summit, descend the crumbly, rocky South Ridge to a gravel slope lower down. Follow a footpath on the gravel slope leading SW to intercept the Loop Road. Hike up the Loop road a short distance to reach the Inferno Cone trailhead parking area. The exposure on the R/W side of this ridge is serious, so be careful.
Regions: SNAKE RIVER PLAIN
Mountain Range: Snake River Plain
Longitude: -113.54889 Latitude: 43.45049