End of Chain of Craters Road to Active Lava Flow

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End of Chain of Craters Road to Active Lava Flow is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pahoa, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

3.1 miles
150 feet
Out & Back


nature trips




no dogs

The trail starts at the official "End of Trail" sign at the End of Chain of Craters Road in Volcanoes National Park. This is the only legal and authorized route to take to see active lava flows and new land formation. This is the continuation of the end of the Chain of Craters Road, across open lava fields, in hot sunny conditions. The hiking is difficult; the terrain is uneven, brittle areas of lava, wide cracks and partially collapsed lava tubes. Remember, lava is as sharp as broken class. Wear proper hiking boots, plenty of water (double your usually needs), it is hot and sun exposed so sun block and a hat is a must. Be sure to pack flashlights and head lamps if you think you may stay past sunset.

4 months ago

Got to witness new earth being created. Stood 10 feet from the lava flow. We left out about 3:30 and stayed long enough for night viewing of the lava. Once it's gets dark the vents underneath your feet light up red when your near the active flow. You feel like your sneakers are going to melt. To go from the east take 130 to the end. From there you can rent a bicycle...highly recommend an electric bike for the 4 miles out on the cinder road. Once from 4 miles out, chain your bike and hoof it another 3 miles through the lava fields towards the hills. You'll find flowing flowing lava there. The hike back in the dark is extremely difficult... navigating through lava field and ankle breaking vents is treacherous. Bring sweatshirt, rain poncho, lots of water, a snack, gloves (lava splinters suck) and a headlamp with extra batteries. Have fun!! It's a stunning thing to see.

9 months ago

In all, this was about a twelve-mile hike and lasted us almost six hours. Unfortunately, we didn't see any lava but it was still a worthwhile hike. Make sure you take plenty of water (3 quarts per person) and snacks.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

To get to the steam plume you can either bike or walk from the east or hike in from the west. We hiked in from the west. Great hike to the steam plume. Not technical at all, but bring plenty of water. It may be raining and cool on top of the ridge, but sunny and hot on the road. The road/trail is cinder all the way in, with a porta-potty about halfway through. It's about 4 miles in on the road, then you'll hit the NPS roadblock. It's then about a mile over lava field to reach the vent. As of JAN 17, you won't be able to see any lava - either going into the ocean or surface. But you'll see a lot of sulfur vents and be standing right over the lava tube. Check with your wife before exploring. AMAZING ocean and lava views all the way in. HIGHLY recommend the hike. Make a reservation at The Rim, for a phenomenal post-hike dinner! ***Wife's Tip Corner: You can do this trail in anything... technically. But highly recommend sturdy shoes, bandana for the vog, and work gloves as some of the lava is very sharp (my husband took his gloves off for a second and got a lava splinter). Ladies - your man might believe he is a volcanologist and go "exploring" over lava vents. I turned my back for one minute and off he went. Recommend a bell or little kid leash.***

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Nice drive but ran into government keep out signs half way down dirt road. Not feeling it, we turned around.

Monday, April 01, 2013

I was the one to submit the trail description and location details. All that I have to say is all in there. For those who take on this hike, enjoy the adventure.

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Friday, March 10, 2017