Wild Places We Go

Obsidian Dome

Obsidian Dome is located a few miles south of the June Lake Loop along Hwy. 395. It’s easy to figure out how to get there though if you just look at a map online. One takes a dirt road off of 395 to get there, but I drove my Honda to the site if that is any indication of how easy the road is…

The eruption that formed Obsidian Dome, which is over a mile long and 300 feet high, took place only 550-600 years ago which is yesterday in geologic terms:

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It’s harder to climb than it looks, but it is certainly not impossible – just slow:

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The view at the top is worth it:

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That’s Mono Lake off in the distance:

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This is a tough place for life to scratch out an existence:

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These Spanish tourists showed up as I was leaving and were afraid to climb the face of the Dome.  So, I had to stick around a little longer to show them how it was done:

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