Sunset Cone

Elevation: 6,410 ft
Prominence: 460

Livingston Douglas pointed out a new development. “Sunset Cone is in a restricted area of Craters of the Lake National Monument. You must obtain a free, 1-day permit to hike/climb in this area. It is available at the Visitor Center. Be sure to carry it with you when you do this hike/climb.” Updated December 2019


Sunset Cone is located east of Grassy Cone on the north side of USA-93 and across the highway from the Craters of the Moon visitor center. It’s an easy ascent from the highway. USGS Inferno Cone

Access by Livingston Douglas

There are two options for parking your vehicle:

  1. There is a gated road at US-20 on the E side of Sunset Cone. This road heads N to a Group Campground. You are not permitted to drive on, or park along, this road. However, there is a large paved parking pullout on the R/S side of US-20 exactly 0.2 miles NE of this gated road. For scrambles on the eastern flanks of Sunset Cone, this is your best option.
  2. Park at the Visitor Center and walk along US-20 to the point from which you begin your scramble up Sunset Cone.

Look out for traffic when you cross the highway and snakes as you work your way up the sagebrush covered slope. (See the GPS track below.) Expect great views of the local volcanic wonders, the Pioneer Mountains, the Lost River Range and Big Southern Butte.

Sunset Cone viewed from Grassy Cone.

Sunset Cone viewed from Grassy Cone.

Here is my GPS track. You can follow it, or find your own route on this gentle cone. Expect great views and watch out for snakes.

Here is my GPS track. You can follow it, or find your own route on this gentle cone. Expect great views and watch out for snakes.

 

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Snake River Plain

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -113.56389   Latitude: 43.46829

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