End of Chain of Craters Road Trail

EASY 9 reviews

End of Chain of Craters Road Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pahoa, HI 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.

1.6 miles 98 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

walking

beach

cave

views

rocky

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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!!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice place, lots of people, but an easy hike, parking could be an issue for you

hiking
5 months ago

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.

10 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Very cool area, and observing the flows was unreal. Terrible crowds though.

hiking
1 year ago

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.

walking
1 year ago

Don't wear flip flops!

walking
2 years ago