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Address: Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
Phone Number: 8089856000
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A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.

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This trail was a highlight of our park visit but one that is physically challenging. From either the lava tube or visitor center you access the trail but either way involves... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Bedford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Takes about two and a half hours. It's a loop trail, starting and ending at the parking lot. Definitely go counter-clockwise (entrance to right) to have better view walking down to the lava field. Trail not too steep, but bring plenty of water, sturdy shoes, and a hat. Stop by the Thurnston Lava tube on the way back to the... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This trail was a highlight of our park visit but one that is physically challenging. From either the lava tube or visitor center you access the trail but either way involves descending the crater wall by rough stairs about 500 feet, a 2+ mile hike across the lava lake to the other side and then ascending the stairs. If you... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It was not a hard hike and was very scenic. I found the lava field interesting. It was drizzling and they made them a little slippery in spots.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It is a bit of a long hike, but if you can manage it, you should definitely do it! Walking across the crater floor is an inspiring and spiritual experience - that earth is only 60-or so years old!

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Benton, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a walk around a volcano explosion crater from 1959. I recommend seeing the film at the visitor center and then do the hike. It helps to understand what happened on that site not that long ago. When are you ever going to have the opportunity to hike across a lava lake? This is a somewhat strenuous hike (we... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend and I did this one morning, early and it was rainy and foggy. The weather changed several times during our hike...but often the rain was blowing! Even with the rain, the heat could be felt from the rock lake....and the steam was venting nicely. It was a great hike and we saw several pheasants, one which was perched... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an awesome trail! It takes you right into the heart of a volcano. How many people can say they've walked inside of a volcano? Pretty cool! It is a bit of a trek and a pretty steep trail to go up and down, but it's a beautiful journey and being in the center of the volcano is quite... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked this 6.4km walk with our 4 year old and loved every minute. The walk is medium with some challenging parts. You get to walk over a lava lake from 1959, you pass steam vents that are still active. Best to take this walk in the morning as the lava gets hot in the sun. Great walk

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing experience and stunning nature! It will take you about 1 hour and 30 minutes to walk down the trail, through the crater and hike up again to the parking space. Take a small bottle of water, camera/phone and nothing else with you. Make sure you have trainers on. It's a long and sometimes a challenging walk but so worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the most important trek in the Volcano National Park amongst the relatively easier ones. The best place to start is the 1st parking lot and you cover the crater and come back to the next parking lot, a bit further down the crater rim road. The trail took us about 2.5-3 hours and took us through the heart... More 

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