Day Hike - Crater Rim Trail
Crater Rim Trail
The 11-mile (17.7km) Crater Rim Trail circles Kilauea's summit caldera. Please note: A section of this trail (from Jaggar Museum south to Keanakāko‘i Crater) 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)
Note: A portion of Crater Rim Drive, between Jaggar Museum and the Chain of Craters Road junction is closed indefinitely due to the fumes and ashfall from the vent that opened within Halemaʻumaʻu Crater in March 2008. The section of Crater Rim Drive from Chain of Craters Road to Keanakāko'i Crater is open to foot traffic.