Silent Cone

Elevation: 6,357 ft
Prominence: 427

Livingston Douglas added the detailed route information and photos found below. Updated December 2019


Silent Cone is Peak #5 of the Craters 10-Pack.


Silent Cone is located west of the Craters of the Moon Visitor Center and is best reached from the Spatter Cones parking lot. Follow the trail that leads to Big Craters and the viewpoint above the first crater. Shortly after this point, you can leave the trail and descend to the northwest down a sagebrush-covered slope to the lava field that sits between the crater and Silent Cone. The slopes leading from the lava flow to the summit are covered by sagebrush, pine and juniper trees. It is open in nature and easy to traverse. Please take care of this pristine environment and watch out for rattlesnakes. USGS Inferno Cone

Silent Cone viewed from the southwest.

Silent Cone as viewed from the southwest.


Northeast Face, Class 2 by Livingston Douglas 

Date of Climb: May 31, 2019

Access

Same as for Big Craters. This is the final leg in a traverse from Big Craters to Silent Cone.

The Climb

Silent Cone is a large hump located due west of Big Craters. Its North Face is thickly forested and the summit has scattered trees on it. It is a short scramble from the North Crater Trail. From the connecting saddle with Big Craters (the North Crater Trail crosses this saddle), bushwhack southwest up a gully through dense vegetation and some downed timber to reach the Northeast Face. Scramble up the scrub on the face to reach the semi-open summit area of Silent Cone. The summit is a ridge crest with some scattered pines around. There was no summit cairn here, so I built one and put a post in it.

Silent Cone as viewed from the summit of Big Craters. Livingston Douglas Photo

Silent Cone as viewed from the summit of Big Craters. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit area of Silent Cone. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit area of Silent Cone. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Snake River Plain

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -113.57089   Latitude: 43.44459

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