Golden Trout Creek

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  • 36.358°N
  • 118.32°W

  • 2886 m
    9466 ft

  • 323170
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Eruptive History


Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).


Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
5550 BCE ± 2500 years Unknown Confirmed   Tephrochronology Groundhog Crater

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Photo Gallery


Reddish oxidized scoria mantles the slopes of Groundhog cinder cone, the youngest of Golden Trout Creek volcanic field. The cone is seen here from the west, with Tunnel cone (left center) and South Fork cone (beyond the right-hand rim of Groundhog) behind it. The light-colored area at the left center is Groundhog Meadow. Basaltic lava flows from Groundhog cone visible at the lower left extended 6 km down Golden Trout Creek.

Photo by Rick Howard, 2002 (courtesy of Del Hubbs, U S Forest Service).
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Groundhog cinder cone, the youngest of the Golden Trout Creek volcanic field, is breached to the NE. Groundhog cone was the source of a Holocene lava flow that traveled 6 km to the west down Golden Trout Creek The volcanic field consists of a group of Quaternary alkali olivine basaltic cinder cones and lava flows in the Sierra Nevada about 25 km south of Mount Whitney. Lava flows erupted through light-colored Mesozoic granitic rocks of the Sierra Nevada batholith visible behind Groundhog cone and on its upper right side.

Photo by Rick Howard, 2002 (courtesy of Del Hubbs, U S Forest Service).
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Tunnel cinder cone (lower left) and South Fork cone (upper right) are seen from the NW with Ramshaw Meadow at the upper left. The South Fork cone was erupted about 176,000 years ago and produced the largest lava flow of the volcanic field, which traveled 10 km to the west, possibly as far as the floor of Kern Canyon. Tunnel cone to the north of South Fork (Red Hill) cone is undated, but its lava flow is overlain by glacial deposits and it is thought to be only slightly younger than South Fork cone.

Photo by Rick Howard, 2002 (courtesy of Del Hubbs, U S Forest Service).
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Groundhog cinder cone is the youngest of the Golden Trout volcanic field. It is seen here from the west with South Fork cone behind it at the upper left and Olancha Peak on the crest of the Sierra Nevada on the right horizon. Groundhog cone is breached to the NE and was the source of large lava flows (visible in the foreground) that traveled 6 km to the west. The flows filled the valley of Golden Trout Creek and displaced it to the north side, separating Golden Trout Creek from Volcano Creek at the southern margin of the flow.

Photo by Rick Howard, 2002 (courtesy of Del Hubbs, U S Forest Service).
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South Fork cinder cone (center) is seen from the NW with Ramshaw Meadow (upper left) behind it. Templeton Mountain is the rounded peak beyond South Fork cone, and Olancha Peak on the crest of the Sierra Nevada is on the center horizon. South Fork (Red Hill) cone was formed about 176,000 years ago and produced a lava flow 10 km to the west that may have reached as far as the Kern River. The cinder cone was erupted through a bedrock ridge of the Sierra Nevada, and inclusions of quartz monzonite are common near the vents.

Photo by Rick Howard, 2002 (courtesy of Del Hubbs, U S Forest Service).
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Groundhog cinder cone (center) is seen from the NE with Tunnel Meadow in the foreground. Peaks of the Great Western Divide across Kern Canyon in Sequoia National Park are visible on the right horizon. Groundhog cone is the youngest of the group of cinder cones forming the Golden Trout Creek volcanic field in the Golden Trout Wilderness Area. This nomenclature derives from the renowned Golden trout, which is a sub-species of rainbow trout and has been designated as the official state fish of California.

Photo by Rick Howard, 2002 (courtesy of Del Hubbs, U S Forest Service).
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


There are no samples for Golden Trout Creek in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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