Crater Rim Road to Halemaumau Overlook Trail

Hilo Hawaii Hikes

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This is surely the easiest (but least interesting) way to approach Halemaumau and to get a look into its steaming depths. It’s so short that where you find a parking spot in the huge parking lot can make a noticeable difference in the distance you walk. Your hike begins as you walk eastward on a stub of road, probably a remnant of the pre-1969 Chain of Craters Road. In a few steps, your route turns abruptly left (north) past some information signs. You follow cairns over black lava and presently curve through a remnant of forest. Soon you’re on lava again. Looking around, you’ll see “lava trees”. Some of them are bent over, twisted and warped, probably reflecting the violence done to the tree by the advancing lava that encased it.
Hawaii Trails: Walks, Strolls and Treks on the Big Island

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Hawaii Trails: Walks, Strolls and Treks on the Big Island

by Kathy Morey (Wilderness Press)

This is surely the easiest (but least interesting) way to approach Halemaumau and to get a look into its steaming depths. It’s so short that where you find a parking spot in the huge parking lot can make a noticeable difference in the distance you walk. Your hike begins as you walk eastward on a stub of road, probably a remnant of the pre-1969 Chain of Craters Road. In a few steps, your route turns abruptly left (north) past some information signs. You follow cairns over black lava and presently curve through a remnant of forest. Soon you’re on lava again. Looking around, you’ll see “lava trees”. Some of them are bent over, twisted and warped, probably reflecting the violence done to the tree by the advancing lava that encased it.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hilo
Length: 0.67
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Very Easy
Duration: 20 minutes
Local Contacts: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Local Maps: USGS Kilauea Crater
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