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11 miles

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Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~725 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Kilauea Crater

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Hawaii Volcanoes Crater Rim Trail

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Crater Rim Trail is tough hike that loops around Kilauea's summit caldera. The park says "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." Along the way make sure to keep an eye peeled for rare plants, birds, insects, desert, rain forest, steam vents, caldera, craters. Heads up concentrated sulfur fumes are emitted from Halema'uma'u Crater and nearby areas, hikers with asthma, heart or breathing problems should avoid these fumes. This trail is not only long, but also has cliffs, earth cracks, and steam vents have unstable and slippery edges; making it not the best choice for hikers with young children. Hawaii Volcanoes has two campgrounds, the Namakanipaio and the Kulanaokuaiki.

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Contact: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park 1 Crater Rim Drive Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

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