Hiking The Kilauea Crater Rim Trail
The 40th most popular hiking trail in Hawaii.
Wednesday 17 August 2016 05:32 GMT
Southwest of Hilo in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Kilauea Crater Rim Trail is a great 3.6 mile hike that combines road with rim-side trail.
To reach the trailhead from Hilo, head south on SR11. Near milepost 29, keep an eye out for the entrance to the National Park on the left or south side of the road. After entering the park, stay to the right towards the Visitor Center and park there.
Starting hiking from the Visitor Center on Crater Rim Drive heading south towards the Steam Vents. Continue on the narrow paved path on the right of the road until the military camp. Cross the road and continue on the gravel trail.
Be aware that most Hawaiian topographic maps use the Old Hawaiian Datum. When trying to use the latitude/longitude from those maps with a GPS unit, you will think you are 0.4 miles south/southeast of where you really are. Kind of important in a dense jungle.
Overall, Kilauea Crater Rim Trail is the 40th most popular hiking trail of all 45 hikes in Hawaii. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Kilauea Crater Rim Trail including Mauna Loa Trail, HiIlawe Falls, Kulani Forest Trail System, Napau Crater Trail, Ala Kahakai Trail and Muliwai Trail / Waimanu ValleyPololu Valley Trail.