Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley

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On Sunday, we decided to do a hike around the Ubehebe Crater that is about 8 miles from our campground. Out came our hiking boots and for Dale his trekking poles and me a beautiful walking stick friend Ralph King made for me out of a Madrone Tree. We packed a lunch with the intention of eating lunch somewhere along our 1.5 mile hike.

This was our first view of the crater.


The crater is 600 feet deep and was caused by a volcanic steam explosion. There are several other smaller crater in the vicinity that one can hike to. If you look at the photo closely, find the first peak starting in the middle of the crater and going left. This is where we had lunch and was the highest peak around the crater.

We notice, sitting on this little hill, that we were sitting on black lava rock and ash. It even smelled “ashy!”  And this thing blew many, many eons ago!


The first big UP hill we came to about did me in. The gravel around the crater is very thick and hard to walk in but holds you up!


We had two such climbs and then the rest of the hike was either level or going down hill. We started to the right of the crater and hiked all the way around it.

The formation of the crater was very interesting. You can see the lava flow here:



This view is from the top of the big hill we climbed. Off to the left you can see the parking lot. If you start at the parking lot with your eye and go right, down into the crater, you can see paths that people use to get to the bottom. Very steep going down and up 600 feet.


Dale at the top with a sign warning to stay away from the edge.

As you can see the day was warm and sunny. A great day for a hike. We arrived back at camp in time to have a lovely afternoon. I was able to sew and Dale just messed around.

Life is good!  God is my Savior in whom I trust totally.


One thought on “Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley

    Sue Millar said:
    December 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Gwen, the pictures of the crater are just fantastic! Almost feel like we are there, certainly wish we were…I had a relapse, went to the doctor today…2 shots and 4 prescriptions. certainly hope this clears up now.

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