Day Hike - Earthquake Trail & Waldron Ledge

Waldron Ledge
Visitors view Kīlauea Caldera from Waldron Ledge Overlook

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Earthquake Trail

Enjoy the forest birds;their songs and a panoramic view of the Kīlauea Caldera and Halema`uma`u Crater from the Waldron Ledge Overlook.

Walk on a paved road that was closed to vehicles in 1983 after severe damage from a magnitude 6.7 earthquake. This trail continues on to Kīlauea Iki Crater.

Of Interest: Native plants, trees and birds. Severe earth cracks and a spectacular view of Kīlauea Caldera and Mauna Loa.

  • Difficulty: Easy - wheelchair accessible.
  • Distance & hiking time: 1 mile (1.6 km) round trip. Approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour.
  • Trail begins: Across the street from Kīlauea Visitor Center, to the left of the Volcano House.
  • Stroller friendly - trail is over a paved road surface.
Earthquake trail
A Section of Earthquake Trail

NPS Photo

This section of trail includes some cracked and tilted sections. The first small overlook past the Volcano House on the right has a very steep descent, but the larger Waldron Ledge Overlook is wheelchair accessible. Bicycles are permitted on this paved trail.

Note: This trail is often offered as a ranger-led walk. Daily schedules of ranger programs are posted at Kīlauea Visitor Center, Jaggar Museum & Volcano House.


Last updated: July 3, 2017

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