Day Hike - Crater Rim Trail

Exposed edge of a volcanic caldera with vegetation on the rim
Crater Rim Trail near Kīlauea Overlook (NPS Photo/J. Wei)

Crater Rim Trail traverses the edge of the Kilauea summit caldera from Kīlauea Overlook 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
  • 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, including 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.

Last updated: October 16, 2020

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