Turning away from the Hole-in-the Ground crater, and looking off to approximately the northwest, the debris apron from the series of phreatic explosions that created the feature is subtle, perhaps, but still clear to me, at least. I can't really tell if the slope down and away from the crater is as clear as it seems in the photo, or if I'm simply imposing my own memories in interpreting what I'm seeing. What I will say is this: you can definitely tell you're heading uphill as you approach the turn-off and spur up to the rim, and once you turn onto that spur, there's a very distinct, though fairly gentle, grade up to the parking area. The road cutting across the bottom of the photo circles the crater, though I've never got up the courage to see if it's navigable for regular passenger vehicles.
As I alluded yesterday, I do find it a bit puzzling that the ponderosa pines do so well here, but simply can't get established in most of the crater. The only difference I can point to is elevation, but it seems odd that only a few hundred feet can lead to such a stark contrast.