Named in honor of James Harrison Parramore, who in partnership with Claiborne Walker Merchant created one of the early ranches in the San Simon Valley the San Simon Cattle and Canal Company, the crater is a result of the interaction between lava rising towards the surface and ground water. The resulting steam explosion leaves a large circular crater often mistaken for a meteor impact site. Two other maar craters are found to the southwest of Paramore Crater. One is similar in size to Paramore Crater while the smaller one is known as Neville Crater.
After an easy walk to the rim of the crater, the group dropped down to the crater bottom and crossed the crater to the east making their way through head high native grasses. After visiting the main drainage into the crater and viewing the old dam on the southeast corner, the hiking club climbed up the southern lip stopping for lunch. Exposures of the underlying basalt held inclusions of obsidian and eroded obsidian was visible on the trail along the south rim. Evidence of early habitation was also found along this southern lip and included chipping and flaking, some hand scrappers and a broken metate. The route of this hike may be found on the hiking page or here.
|Topographic map of Paramore Crater|
|Point cloud of Paramore Crater from the interactive Photosynth Flying Below Ground Level|
|Hiking with Poppies|
|Ghost in the Grassland|