Kilauea Caldera – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Member Hike

Hike Name: Kilauea Caldera – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Country: United States
State: Hawaii
Nearby Town: Hilo, HI
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: From Hilo follow highway 11 to the park entrance
Total Hike Distance: 7.50 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Behind and to the right of Volcano House Hotel
Trails Used: Halema’uma Trail, Byron Ledge Trail, Kilauea Iki Trail (optional)
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: None
Management: National Park Service
Contact Information: Superintendent, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
PO Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718-0052.
Phone – 808-985-6000.
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: This hike is a loop utilizing a combination of trails. Start on the Halema’uma’u Trail, descending 400 feet through a rain forest to the floor of Kilauea caldera. Pass the junction with the Byron Ledge Trail on your left at the .4 mile mark. Continue on the Halema’uma’u Trail across the caldera floor to Halema’uma’u Crater, a smaller crater within Kilauea’s huge caldera or crater, some 2.6 miles from the start. En route you will pass a second junction with the Byron Ledge Trail on your left. From the Halema’uma’u Crater, return to that junction and take a right onto the Byron Ledge Trail. After a little over a mile, this trail climbs a ledge above the floor but below the rim of the caldera. At 1.5 miles from the start of the Byron Ledge Trail, pass the junction with the Devastation Trail on your right. Continue along the Byron Ledge Trail passing two junctions on the right, both leading to trails around and into the Kilauea Iki crater. You can extend the hike here to include a portion or all of these trails or continue on the Byron Ledge trail to it’s junction with the Halem’’uma’u Trail. Return on this trail to the starting point at Volcano House Hotel.



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