Day Hike - Crater Rim Trail
Crater Rim Trail
The 11-mile (17.7km) Crater Rim Trail circles Kilauea's summit caldera. Please note: A large portion of this trail (from Jaggar Museum south to the junction with Chain of Craters Road) is closed due to the current eruption in Halema`uma`u Crater. Hiking here is an awe inspiring journey through an active volcano. The breath of gasses and steam bear witness that Pelehonuamea (Pele of the sacred land) still resides here. Rich with native plant and animal life, active volcanism, and Hawaiian deities of a living culture, hikers will marvel at diverse scenic vistas, desert terrain, and lush rain forest.
Of interest: Plants, birds, insects, desert, rain forest, steam vents, caldera, craters.
Hiking Tips (pdf-217KB)
Did You Know?
The two types of Hawaiian lava differ in appearance but are chemically alike. Pahoehoe has a smoother and ropey surface where a`a is jagged and clinkery.