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Crater Rim Road to Halemaumau Overlook Trail, HI

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Distance Round Trip 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,720 feet
Avg Time Round Trip Ten Minute
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Preferred   Jul, Sep, Aug, Jun → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:58am - 6:07pm
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Nearby Area Water
Devastation Trail
0.1 mi away
0.8 mi
49 ft
From Puu Puai Down the Devastation Trail
0.4 mi away
1.0 mi
Thurston Lava Tube Trail
Thurston Lava Tube Trail
0.5 mi away
50 ft
Halemaumau-Byron Ledge Semiloop Trail
1.0 mi away
1.2 mi
511 ft
Kilauea Iki Trail
Kilauea Iki Trail
1.0 mi away
4.1 mi
470 ft
Volcano National Park
Volcano National Park
1.9 mi away
150.0 mi
4,011 ft
Halemaumau Trail
2.4 mi away
5.0 mi
400 ft
Sandalwood Trail (Iliahi Trail)
2.4 mi away
1.0 mi
190 ft
Crater Rim Trail
2.8 mi away
6.9 mi
249 ft
Sulphur Bank- Sandalwood Loop Trail
3.1 mi away
1.5 mi
210 ft
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Alas... No More!!
by imike

I'd, like to be detailing the various interesting points to be noted and connected to along this section of access road, but alas, there is no longer any access! This road section has been closed down: no cars, no bikes, no hikers nor runners. The closure area is so permanent as to be colorfully detailed on the park service map.

Effectively, all the great access routes entering close upon the Kilauea Volcano Caldera are now fully restricted, no access allowed.

Toxic off gassing is the expressed reason.

You can view most of the same areas from further out and up, but many of the great connecting loops are now out of bounds. The ever present plume of gases may be viewed from the upper Caldera's edge... or, you can skirt the lower basin at a few trail points: Ilahi Trail, far end of the Halema'uma'u Trail, Byron Ledge Trail (again, the end allowed), Waldron Ledge Trail, Crater Rim Trail, and the Devastation Trail from Pu'u Pua'i Point.

Nicely, most of these routes receive very little use... the crowds tend to hold to the upper edge. You can put together some great connecting loops and have the space to yourself. Hopefully, these maps with the big red circle of off limits area will become collector's items, and this description can be adjusted to review the points of interests so easily enjoyed in earlier days...

...but, that may be awhile. This is an active Volcano!

Oh, well...

    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    To see this closed roadway, enter the Volcano National Park, turning left immediately past the entry... and follow the Crater Rim Road around to the pullout for the Devastation Trail
    page created by HAZ_Hikebot on Apr 09 2013 3:24 pm
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