The 11-mile (17.7km) Crater Rim Trail circles Kilauea’s summit caldera. Hiking here is an awe inspiring journey through an active Volcano
. The breath of gasses and steam bear witness that Pelehonuamea (Pele of the sacred land) still resides here. Rich with native plant and animal life, active volcanism, and Hawaiian deities of a living culture, hikers will marvel at diverse scenic vistas, desert terrain, and lush rain forest.
Distance and hiking time: 11-mile loop, all day
Of interest: Plants, birds, insects, desert, rain forest, steam vents, caldera, craters.
Hikers may access the trail from many locations along Crater Rim Drive.