Walk around the rim of the newest of the cinder cones around the Ubehebe Crater. The spur is usually included as part of the Ubehebe Crater Rim Trail.
|Total Distance: 0.7 miles point to point (2.4 miles total with the Ubehebe Crater Loop)||Elevation Gain: 547ft. (2,590ft. to 2,831ft.) (includes hike from TH)|
|Difficulty: Easy||0-5 Mile Difficulty: Moderate|
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|Best Seasons: October-May||Special Permits: None|
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Mile-by-Mile: Little Hebe Crater Spur Trail
0.0 Little Hebe Spur Trail 1 on the Ubehebe Crater Trail (2,765ft.). This is the northern beginning of the Little Hebe Spur Trail, about 0.25 miles from the parking area. Turn right on the spur and walk around a crater. (37.006768°, -117.454536°)
0.25 Trail Junction (2,793ft.). Turning left would take you back to the main Ubehebe Crater Rim Trail. To continue around the Little Hebe Crater, turn right. At the junction 200ft. later, turn right to circle Little Hebe Crater. (37.005143°, -117.452357°)
0.5 Trail Junction (2,780ft.). Turn right to return to the main Ubehebe Crater Trail. (37.004602°, -117.451614°)
0.7 Little Hebe Spur Trail 3 (2,830ft.). This is the south end of the Little Hebe Spur Trail. You can continue from here around the Ubehebe Cater Rim by turning right, or return to the parking area by turning left. (37.005427°, -117.450709°)
History & More
It’s said that Little Hebe Crater is a fair bit younger than Ubehebe Crater or any of the other craters in the area.
The official name of the cinder cone is Little Ubehebe Crater. However, it’s much more commonly known as Little Hebe.
Ubehebe is pronounced “YOO-bee-HEE-bee.”
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Take the Scotty’s Castle Road to the Ubehebe Crater Road (3 miles south of Scotty’s Castle and 0.2 miles north of the Grapevine Ranger Station). Drive the Ubehebe Crater Road 6 miles to the end of the paved road and the Ubehebe Crater Trailhead.
Walk the Ubehebe Crater Trail counter-clockwise 0.25 miles to the beginning of the Little Hebe Spur Trail.
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Hiking the Little Hebe Spur Trail
The Little Hebe Crater is a spur off of the main Ubehebe Crater Rim Loop. It’s a frequent diversion to see a slightly younger cinder cone and get a different angle on the area than you’d get from the main trail.
I hiked to the Little Hebe Crater very early one morning in May. While the crater is significantly higher than the surrounding desert, the black cinders absorb the heat of the sun and radiate it back at hikers with an almost sadistic pleasure of scorching its victims. In other words, this isn’t a great hike in the middle of the day because of the radiated heat from the cinders.
The trail strikes off from the Ubehebe Crater Rim Trail about a quarter mile from the southern trailhead. The sidetrail works its way along the rim of an unnamed crater for about a quarter mile before it meets a trail back to the main trail. Continue right to go around the official Little Hebe Crater, taking the right path around the rim.
At the other side of Little hebe Crater, turn right to continue along the path to the main Ubehebe Crater Rim Trail about 0.9 miles from the trailhead (about 0.7 miles from where the spur began). From here, hike left a half a mile back to the trailhead or continue right 1.25 miles around the rim of Ubehebe Crater to the parking lot.