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Here are a few my favorite shots from my #1 favorite hike of the last 6 months on the road, SP Crater volcano in Arizona. S P Crater is a cinder cone volcano in the San Francisco volcanic field, 25 miles (40 km) north of Flagstaff, Arizona. It is a remarkably striking feature on the landscape; a 900 foot tall cinder cone with a massive, well-defined, lava flow that extends for 4.3 miles (7 km) to the north. The lava flow is 180 feet (55 m) thick in some places, and extends so far out from the volcano that I noticed it on Google Maps satellite view when scouting remote hiking locations in Arizona. 🌋
This hike was easily the steepest hike I’ve ever done before, and the most unique: 900 feet nearly straight up, and on dangerous and difficult lava cinders. I did this hike with my friend Heather ( @grow_explore) and her two pups @vandogs_explore, and although we took two steps back with every step forward on this one, it was totally worth the effort. 🗻
In the first photo taken by Heather, you can see me slowly and steadily making my way up the volcano. In the third & fourth photos, you can see Heather, and sort of get a sense of scale for how steep, and how large, this volcano is. The fifth photo shows the other volcanoes that surround S P Crater. The seventh photo was taken from the summit looking out at the lava flow, with the shadow of the entire volcano showing in front of me. The last two photo are taken from the summit looking down into the cone of the volcano.