• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Day Hike - Earthquake Trail & Waldron Ledge

Waldron Ledge

Visitors view Kīlauea Caldera from Waldron Ledge Overlook

NPS Photo

Earthquake Trail

Enjoy the songs of forest birds and enjoy a spectacular view of Kīlauea Caldera from Waldron Ledge Overlook. This ashalt road was closed to cars in 1983 after severe damage from a magnitude 6.7 earthquake, The trail continues to Kīlauea Iki Crater.

Of Interest: Plants, birds, insects, earthcracks, views of Kīlauea Caldera and Mauna Loa.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile (1.6 km) roundtrip
  • Trail begins to the left of the Volcano House hotel when facing the caldera.
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible - trail is over a paved road surface.
Earthquake trail

A Section of Earthquake Trail

NPS Photo

This trail is wheelchair accessible with some cracked and tilted sections. The first small overlook has a very steep descent, but the larger Waldron Ledge Overlook is wheelchair accessible. Bicycles are permitted on this trail.

Note: This trail is often offered as a ranger-led walk. Check the daily schedule in the visitor center for times.


Hiking Tips (pdf-217KB)


Did You Know?

Baby Hawksbill Sea Turtle emerges from its nest.

The endangered Honu`ea (Hawksbill Sea Turtle) comes to shore on the main Hawaiian Islands to nest. They lay multiple nests throughout the season with an average of 175 eggs per nest. Only one in 5,000 hatchlings survives to adulthood.