Day Hike - Crater Rim Trail

People walking on a paved path in front of a stone wall with a volcanic caldera and large steam plume beyond
Crater Rim Trail behind Volcano House (NPS Photo/J. Wei)

Crater Rim Trail traverses the edge of the Kilauea summit caldera from Uēkahuna to just past Keanakākoʻi Crater. The trail is an awe inspiring journey around the summit of one of the most active volcanoes in the world. See the dramatic aftermath of the 2018 summit collapse, steam vents, and lush rainforest.

Steam Vents
Steam Vents Along the Crater Rim Trail

NPS Photo

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance is variable. Trail stretches from Uēkahuna on the north side of the caldera to just past Keanakākoʻi Crater on the south side. The trail includes Kūpinaʻi Pali (Waldron Ledge)
  • Hikers may access the trail from many several locations along Crater Rim Drive, including Uēkahuna, Kīlauea Overlook, Steam Vents, and Volcano House.
  • 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.
Learn more about the historic eruption of 2018 and accompanying summit collapse

Last updated: June 9, 2021

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