• View of the Great Rift

    Craters Of The Moon

    National Monument & Preserve Idaho

Stop 6 - Tree Molds and Broken Top Loop

Big Cinder Butte

View of Big Cinder Butte from Tree Molds parking area


A spur road just past Inferno Cone leads to this trailhead. View the imprint of lava-charred trees alond the Tree Molds Trail (2 miles). Broken-Top Loop Trail (self-guiding trail brochure pdf) circumnavigates a cinder cone (1.8 miles). The Wilderness Trail leads to molds of upright trees called lava trees (4 miles) and the vast wilderness area beyond.

Tree Molds Trailhead Sign (pdf)

Broken Top Loop Trailhead Sign (pdf)

Did You Know?

willife and plants at Craters of the Moon

Moonscape?...At first glance the landscape of Craters of the Moon appears to be devoid of life. Look deeper and you will observe a rich diversity of life including more than 750 types of plants and almost 300 animal species (not including insects!). More...