End of Chain of Craters Road Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pahoa, Hawaii that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.
The hike begins on a paved portion of Chain of Craters Road that is inaccessible to vehicles. Look for outstanding views of cliffs and windswept coast. In April 2003, lava flows covered the road. From the pavements end, and when lava flows are in the area, longer trails across rough rock may lead to better views of the lava or steam. After sunset, distant views of red lava or steam clouds are sometimes possible. Great star gazing on clear nights. Prepare for hot, windy, and rainy weather. Bring water and food. Flashlights are essential after dark for each person. Volcanic fumes are often present in this part of the park. From the ranger station, the road continues as a pedestrian walkway accessible to wheelchairs and strollers to the point where lava flowed over the road. From there, you must hike over the old lava flow by foot.
This hike is best at sunset. Be prepared to walk 4 miles on a gravel road and then one mile on lava. 10 miles all together. The lava is worth seeing and the walk there is beautiful.
Did this hike at night and while it was fairly flat it has small rocks that roll under your feet. This was a long hike to the lava flow but was beautiful and worth seeing at night!!
Nice place, lots of people, but an easy hike, parking could be an issue for you
Really neat place to visit. If its the right one, its literally on the side of the highway. We stopped right by a lava cave. We were able to climb down and through it. The deeper in the cave the darker it was until the very end, where there was another opening.
Very cool area, and observing the flows was unreal. Terrible crowds though.
Take some time to read the signs along the way that talk about all the plant life you may see. I found it very interesting. And of course you have to take the picture by the mostly buried "Road Closed" sign. I agree, don't wear flip flops. Sturdy shoes everywhere in Volcano National Park are strongly recommended.
Also, take some time as you drive down and back to stop at the scenic points and look. There are a lot of craters worth seeing along the way, some with their own trails.
Don't wear flip flops!