Hawaii December 30, 2016
Everyone In Hawaii Needs To Take This One Epic Volcanic Hike
If you’re looking for a trail that includes sweeping views, lush vegetation and some cool volcanic activity, this hike on the Big Island is perfect!
The Crater Rim Trail at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park once encompassed the entire Kīlauea Caldera, making an 11-mile loop.
A portion of the loop has been closed since 2008, when the vent in the Halema‘uma‘u Crater opened, spewing sulfur dioxide gas. However, you can still hike the seven-mile section from Jaggar Museum clockwise to the Keanakākoʻi Crater.
Before you take this hike, make sure you're prepared.
You may encounter concentrated sulfur fumes along this trail. If you have asthma, heart or breathing problems, you might want to skip this one.
Be prepared for all kind of weather.
The Crater Rim Trail sits at 4,000 feet, and is subject to wildly changing weather. During the course of the day, you might experience blistering sun, drenching rain, calm skies or wild winds. Dress in layers and be prepared for just about anything!
Lush vegetation is also found along the Crater Rim Trail.
A portion of the trail takes you through a koa forest.
Spend a little time at the Jaggar Museum.
Learn about the different types of lava you'll see here and explore the field of volcanology (the study of volcanoes). Catch this view of the Ka'u Desert Wilderness, too. The museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The diversity along this trail is just stunning. Not far from the Jaggar Museum, you'll see steam vents.
Past the steam vents, consider branching off onto the ʻIliahi trail.
This short little trail make a 1.5-mile loop and provides some amazing views.
All along this trail, you'll see some amazing views.
Here, you'll see plumes of steam from Halema‘uma‘u Crater.
This photo was taken from the adjoining Devastation Trail.
If you started at the Jaggar Museum, the Keanakākoʻi Crater overlook is the end of the seven-mile trail.
From Jaggar Museum to the Keanakākoʻi Crater overlook is seven miles, one way.
Have you hiked this trail before? Tell us about your experience! For more great hiking trails, check out these
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