Halemaumau Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"After winding down through the “rainforest hills” below Volcano House (some fine birding opportunities here), you venture out onto the black pahoehoe floor of Kilauea Crater for a close-up view of Halemaumau Crater. From the west end of the parking lot in front of Kilauea Visitor Center (left end as you face the center), carefully cross Crater Rim Road and pick up a paved path marked only by the “hiking trail” symbol and a sign pointing you to Volcano House.
You pass a steam vent and, at a marked junction, take the right fork toward Halemaumau and the observatory (this is part of the Crater Rim Trail). You descend and, in a few more steps, you’re at another junction. Here, you turn left onto the Halemaumau Trail (and away from the Crater Rim Trail)."