Elevation: 6,410 ft
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:
- 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.
- 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.
Regions: SNAKE RIVER PLAIN
Mountain Range: Snake River Plain
Year Climbed: 2015
Longitude: -113.56389 Latitude: 43.46829