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Halema'uma'u Trail

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2.9 mile 4.6 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 87' 27 m
Descent: -405' -123 m
High: 3,941' 1,201 m
Low: 3,540' 1,079 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

Descend 425' at the southern edge of Kīlauea Caldera (until the closure).

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Features Birding · Views

Due to high levels of volcanic fumes and the continued collapse and explosive nature of Halemaumau Crater, the caldera floor is closed beyond stop 10. For more information, visit this NPS page.

Description

Before the closure, visitors could hike 425 feet (130m) into the Klauea Caldera through a rainforest that has had to re-establish itself many times due to ongoing volcanic activity. Now they must turn around at the junction with Byron Ledge Trail.

You may return by the same route or proceed to the Byron Ledge Trail. From there continue to the Klauea Iki Trail and on to Crater Rim Trail that will bring you back to Klauea Visitor Center.

Please note the Halemaumau Trail across the caldera floor is closed beyond stop 10 due to the active eruptive vent in Halemaumau Crater.

Flora & Fauna

A unique area with incredible biological diversity of plants, birds, insects accompanied by formations of "pahoehoe" lava, steam vents, 1974 lava flow (which visitors can walk on) and a panoramic view of a volcanic caldera.

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Feb 16, 2020
Jamie Marshall
Sep 9, 2019
Dan Tessar
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Jun 14, 2019
Dayne Miller
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Apr 13, 2019
Amanda Jardine
May 31, 2018
Heather Walker
Nov 15, 2015
Christina Doan
Jun 5, 1993
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Crater Rim Trail
Sep 17, 2015 near Volcano, HI
Pearly Dewdrops Drops
Sep 17, 2015 near Volcano, HI
Kilauea Crater steaming.
Mar 6, 2016 near Volcano, HI

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