This is the best part about the whole visit to the park. Seriously, take a day to spend at the park. Hike this trail and walk over the crater. It's amazing and you will seriously be missing out if you don't do it! You can see steam vents and walk right over a lava lake. On the way down and on the way up you will hike through lush, beautiful rainforest. You may want to take a rain shell with you...it rains often in the park. We did this hike first, which took a couple of hours, then went to the Thurston Lava Tube, then drove down the hwy to sea and looked at many sites along the way. We checked out the sea arch and then walked to where the lava flow goes over the road. We drove back up and out of the park, went to Volcano Village and ate dinner at the Lava Rock Cafe (I highly recommend) and then went back into the park to see the glowing red magma once it got dark. Very cool. Bring warm clothing...it gets really chilly!!
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