Day Hike - Crater Rim Trail

Crater Rim Trail near steam vents
Crater Rim Trail near steam vents

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Crater Rim Trail traverses the edge of Kilauea's summit caldera from Kīlauea Overlook to just past Keanakākoʻi Crater. Hiking here is an awe inspiring journey around the summit of an active volcano. 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.

Steam Vents
Steam Vents Along the Crater Rim Trail

NPS Photo

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation: 4,000'
  • Distance is variable. Trail stretches from Kīlauea Overlook on the north side of the caldera to just past Keanakākoʻi Crater on the south side.
  • Hikers may access the trail from many several locations along Crater Rim Drive.
  • Bring water and food. Be prepared for hot and dry, and wet and windy weather. Scorching sun, biting winds and pelting rain can occur in the same hour.
  • Cliffs, earthcracks, and steam vents have unstable and slippery edges. Keep well back for your safety.

Last updated: June 15, 2020

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