The West Cinder Knoll is an interesting cinder cone located within the city of Hurricane. The climb to the top is an easy 1.1 mile hike with a very gradual increase in elevation to the top.
The knoll consists of a sizable volcanic cone made of black lava cinders.
Overall rating = easy
Distance: 3 miles return – easy
Elevation gain: ~300 feet – easy
Terrain: wide cinder trail – easy
Exposure: none – easy
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From State Street, SR9, in Hurricane drive north on N2260W to W600N, turn right and drive 1.2 miles to a parking area on the north side of the road. The location is easily recognized by a typical Red Cliffs horse step over.
Follow the wide trail from the gate north-west for 0.4 miles to a large shallow wash. Turn left and follow the trail around the far side of the knoll and up to the top. Total distance to the main cinder crater is 1.1 miles.
There are two main craters that can be walked around. There is also another hill to the south of the main crater area where you can follow a steep trail to the top for views of Hurricane.
On this hike the total distance was 3.4 miles return including exploring the craters and hiking up the secondary hill.