SP Crater hike Columbus day

12:40 p.m. on October 12, 2010 (EDT)
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Yesterday my roommate, his girlfriend and I drove out to SP Crater 25 miles northeast of Flagstaff. The crater is about 800 feet tall above the surrounding volcanic field.

Eric and Mindy at the base of SP Crater over-looking the 4 mile long lava flow.

Lava rock at the rim of SP Crater.

Lava rocks at the base of the Crater.

Twisted lava rock on SPs rim.

One of the forestry roads with two tourist vans looking down 800 feet from the crater rim.

Eric and the San Francisco Peaks with Mt Humphreys the point on right another crater in between from along SP Crater rim 7021 feet.

Was'nt sure it this was a Cedar or Juniper on the rim of SP Crater?

Mt Humphreys from base of SP Crater over another crater rim.

Rope lava on rim of SP Crater.

SP Crater in center from washboarded road.

SP Crater

We hiked up from the south jeep road (dotted line) onto the older crater hill to the left on this topo map and then hiked to the top. The brown area at top is the lava flow.

I will have some Youtube videos up later...

10:36 p.m. on October 13, 2010 (EDT)
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The 4 mile long lava flow measures 50 to 180 feet thick and last flowed out from SP Crater around 71,000 years ago.


View from rim of SP Crater looking down 800 feet to the valley floor below.


View of the San Francisco Peaks from over SP Crater's rim.

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