Okay, so according to the poster-board it's not really a fault, it's a fissure. Regardless, it's still pretty impressive.
We had to park at the start of the road that leads to the parking lot as the road was covered in a two-inch thick layer of ice. During the summer tourists will be able to drive all but the last mile up to the craters. It only added about 2-3 miles round trip to our hike and was very pleasant.
Inyo craters are three fairly recent (within the last 600 years) volcano craters formed from a chain of eruptions. Here's the low down!
See my previous posts on this...)
If I didn't know I was looking for volcano craters I's have thought the first one was an abandoned quarry, frozen water and all.
Deer Mounatin went up quite steeply - check out the gradient using the trees as the vertical upright.
Can you see me in the distance, top right? After an two hours we were still walking. We could see our car across the crater , a mere spec in the distance and we were getting pretty thirsty. As it turned out we got back to the car without any drama, but all it would have taken was one one thing to go wrong - a sprained ankle, a startled rattle snake and it would have been a whole different story...
Thankfully someone was watching over us - both times!