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Bendire/Knight Area Map
Panamint Crater was discovered in 1947 and extensively studied in the early 1960's. A study conducted by Robert Dietz and Edwin Buffington was unable to reach a conclusion concerning the origin of the crater. The possible hypotheses include meteorite impact, volcanic action, or limestone sinkhole. There is a limestone quarry in the immediate vicinity. The crater measures 230 feet across and it is about 40 feet deep.
The limestone quarry located just south of the mouth of Knight Canyon was in operation up until the mid-1980's.
The Kelly brothers operated a copper mine in Knight Canyon during the early 1970's.
It is a 4.75 mile hike (one-way distance) from the BLM gate to the end of the road that travels up Knight Canyon.