Byron Ledge TrailByron Ledge Trail

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

"Most of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to increased and damaging earthquakes, corrosive volcanic ash, and continuing explosions from Halema‘uma‘u, the summit crater of Kīlauea Volcano." Read More from the National Parks Service.

Round Trip Mileage:  1.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 170'


Gear: Standard hiking gear

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Fee: $25 per car, $20 per motorcycle, or $12 per pedestrian/bicycle

Map: Topographical Map of Byron Ledge Trail

Overview: The Byron Ledge Trail once traveled all the way to the edge of Halema'uma'u Crater, crossing Kīlauea Caldera. Since the new eruption cycle began in 2008, most of the trail has been closed. It's still possible to hike from the Devastation trailhead for a mile to a great vantage on the volcano.

Big Island Hikes has other hikes from this trailhead. See The Devastation Trail and Keanakākoʻi Crater.

Halema'uma'u Erupting from the Byron Ledge TrailGetting to the Trailhead: Find the entrance to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park a few miles to the west of the town of Volcano Village. Pass through the entrance and drive straight ahead for less than 100 feet and turn left onto Crater Rim Drive. Follow Crater Rim drive until it intersects Chain of Craters Road. Do not take Chain of Craters Road - Turn right and park at the Devastation Trail parking area.

The Hike: Head to the north side of the Devastation Trail parking lot and find the beginning of the Byron Ledge Trail. Follow the trail northwest as it drops in elevation toward the rim of Kīlauea Caldera. Take in the big views and return the way you came.

Byron Ledge Trail