The Crater Rim TrailCrater Rim Trail

Visitor Center to Jaggar Museum

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:  5 miles

Elevation Gain: 400'


Gear: Standard hiking gear

Weather: NOAA forecast for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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

Map: Topographical Map of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Overview: The Crater Rim Trail once ringed the entirety of Kīlauea Caldera, but with the current eruption cycle, most of it is now closed due to unsafe conditions. This hike travels a portion of the Crater Rim Trail from the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Visitor Center to the Jaggar Museum along the northern rim of Kīlauea Caldera. There are fantastic views along the way of erupting Halema'uma'u.

Big Island Hikes has several other hikes from the Visitor Center trailhead. See Sulphur Banks - 'Iliahi Trail Loop, The Waldron Ledge Loop, and The Halema'uma'u Trail.

Halema'uma'u from the Crater Rim Trail

Getting 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 a 1/4 mile and park in the Visitor Center parking lot.

The Hike: From the Visitor Center parking lot, walk across Crater Rim Drive on the designated pedestrian crossing and walk toward the Volcano House. Walk around to the back side of the Volcano House and find Crater Rim Trail. Walk west toward the Jaggar Museum. The next two miles serves up great views of erupting Halema'uma'u. You'll pass several intersections for other trails, but just stay on the Crater Rim Trail. Eventually wind up at Jaggar Museum. This is the turn-around point. Return the way you came.

Rain heading across Kīlauea Caldera