Amboy, California: Amboy Crater

This is a 250-foot-high volcanic cinder cone with a hiking trail that leads up to the rim. But it's a long walk from the parking lot, and it's in the Mojave Desert, so bring water and shade if you go.
National Trails Hwy, Amboy, CA
The turnoff to the Crater parking area is on the south side of old Rt 66/National Trails Hwy, either one mile west of the intersection of Amboy Rd or 26.5 miles east of the Ludlow exit on I-40. It's a 2-3 hour 'round trip hike to the rim of the crater from the parking area.
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Amboy Crater.

Amboy Crater

The volcanic cone is visible from Route 66 in Amboy.

[Osprey's Rest, 03/16/2014]

It's Route 66's most convenient volcano -- an 80,000 year old extinct cinder cone that can be hiked, (western Cone Trail the preferred route to the rim). It's the Mojave Desert. Watch out for rattlesnakes, bring plenty of water.

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