Day Hike - Halema‘uma‘u Trail

Rainforest along Halema‘uma‘u Trail
Hiking the Halema‘uma‘u Trail

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Visitor stands behind closure sign enjoying views of the caldera
Enjoy views of the Kaluapele (Kīlauea caldera) safely within designated areas.

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Halema'uma'u Trail

Descend 425 feet (130m) through a rain forest that has been re-established numerous times to a panoramic view on the floor of Kaluapele (Kīlauea caldera).

View the Halema‘uma‘u Trail Guide (pdf 2.98MB).

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance and hiking time:
    • 0.8 miles (1.3 km) one-way from Crater Rim Trail to the floor of Kaluapele (Kīlauea caldera)
    • 1.3 miles (2.1 km) one-way from Crater Rim Trail to the top of Uēaloha (Byron Ledge), allowing for longer hikes to Kīlauea Iki and Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube)
  • Trail begins: Behind the Volcano House off Crater Rim Trail.
  • Bring: Water, food, hat, sun protection and rain gear. Be prepared for hot, dry, wet, and windy weather conditions.

Last updated: May 13, 2021

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