I trekked up this crater on August 20, 2013. This was my first visit to the trail. First impressions were "Wow!". Online pictures did not do justice. The crater trail climb, at first glance, was both intriguing awe inspiring. I read the reviews on here and was expecting a relatively easy walk up. I am 45 years old and considered myself a decent athlete in my younger years. This was a challenge both physically & for safety reasons. There are no handrails and as you get to the last 20% of steps, the incline gets quite a bit more strenuous. It took me about an hour to walk up as I took multiple breaks along the way. Kudos to those who can master this hill with ease. However, I chose to catch my breath and enjoy the views the entire way up. I enjoyed the friendliness of the people going up and coming down. We all were experiencing the same pain and challenge. Like all the other comments on here...the view from the top is extraordinary.
Amateur advise: Go in the early morning while the sun is on the other side of the crater. Carry at least one bottle of water with you. Take your time...some timbers are a bit slick and the fall will be painful if you go down. Let others go around when necessary, but pay close attention to your own safety. Stretch before and after. I did not and was in agony 3 days after. Enjoy the scenery and people. Most of all, Have Fun!
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