Halemaumau Trail
Halemaumau Trail
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Hike down the world's largest volcanic crater.
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Duckster22
Gloucester, MA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Great hike. Bring plenty of water it gets hot. But very worth the effort climbing down. The atmosphere standing on the lava is really something. We started at the visitor center and the way back up is not very well marked. Bring your map reading skills.
Written 31 October 2022
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Matt A
Hermosa Beach, CA484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
One of the VNP park rangers recommended this hike to me and I’m glad he did - i loved it, almost as much as Kiluea’Iki trail.

You hike downhill through an absolutely beautiful rainforest, then after about 1/2 hr you’re inside the active Kilauea crater! I didn’t think I’d ever be inside an active volcano, but there I was. You can see the smoke from the crater, but no lava.

It’s absolutely otherworldly down there.

From the bottom, you can continue on to other hikes, or hike back uphill, which is a moderate climb.

As a bonus, for some reason no one else does this hike - it’s almost like they’re trying to hide it - so you might be the only one there.
Written 15 April 2021
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Palladin54
Milwaukee, WI31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Just a big hole of old and new lava, not much to see. There are many paths you can walk around the edge and you can see steam vents, but no lava.
Written 6 September 2019
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LSUTraveller
Watson, LA1,859 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
It's optioned for either a self-guided or ranger led experience to the crater floor. It's a little over 400 feet down, but it's only a moderate hike. Well marked and with a number of areas with little grade/elevation change. There are a handful of spots with rock steps - which can be slick in the rainforest - so be mindful of where one puts one's feet. A bottle of water per person is sufficient to do this trail.
Written 5 April 2019
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rayrest
Fenton, UK7,483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
On Crater rim Drive and go as far as you can Untill the road closed signs appear and here is a car park where you can veiw the Halemaumau crater and get a fantastic chance to see lava in the crater.
Written 5 July 2017
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RangerBear73
Gorham, New Hampshire, United States558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Currently the complete trail is not open due to strong volcanic gases in the caldera. However, you can take this trail from the Volcano House all the way down to the cLdera floor. Once you reach the floor there are numerous signs indicating that the trail I closed. The part of the trail that is open gently (except for the very last bit) defends through a stunning rainforest full of amazing history. The $2 trail guide is useful in understanding some of the culture and history surrounding the magnificent caldera. The current trail is about 1.5 miles and certainly worth the time.
Written 13 October 2015
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Whitney C
Costa Mesa, CA95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
my husband and i have hiked this trail twice now and love it! gorgeous scenery and a really unique hike - most of it looks like something out of jurassic park! be warned though - it is fairly strenuous, as the trail is completely downhill the whole way there, which means you are going back uphill the whole way back. little over 8 miles to the cabin and back.
Written 21 May 2015
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Thomas L
Silverthorne, Colorado, United States8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Three years ago, we hiked down sliding sands trail, across the crater & then up the Halemau'u trail. That whole hike was great but a little long at 12 miles. We definitely earned our post hike beers that day. Or favorite part of the hike was the Halemau'u trail,so this year we decided to hike that trail as an out and back. The trail is 3 miles long and descends about 1400 feet down a ridge line. The trail alternates sides of the ridge as it switchbacks it's way down. Since it alternates sides on the ridge, it provides views of the crater and Ko'olau Gap.
Written 13 June 2014
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