• 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)


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