||LAVA FLOW AT END OF
CHAIN OF CRATERS ROAD
||KEANAKAKOI CRATER OVERLOOK
||Approx. 18.8 Miles / 40 Mins.
||Sign - Chain of Craters Road
- Leave Keanakakoi Crater Overlook & continue 0.8 mile to Chain
of Craters Road (right side)
- Turn Right onto Chain of Craters Rd.& go approx. 18 miles
to the end of the road
If you have time, explore the East Rift and coastal area of the
Park via Chain of Craters Road. This road descends 3,700 feet in 20 miles and ends where
a 2003 lava flow crossed the road. Depending on volcanic activity, there may be opportunities
for viewing active lava flows from the end of the road.
Note: No food, water, or fuel is available. Restrooms. Lava flows in two distinct
types: aa - extremely rough and spiny and pahoehoe - smooth, ropy. Sometimes you can hike
to better views of flowing lava from the end of the road. This hike is not for everyone
- see Cautionary notes below. The Puuloa Petroglyphs can be reached from Chain of Craters
Road via a 0.7-mile walk over a bedrock trail from the pullout parking area at Milepost
Caution: If you choose to hike out beyond the end of the road, for your safety
- prepare for a long hot hike over rugged terrain. The area is remote,
has no shade or water source, and is seldom patrolled.
- check with rangers at the Kilauea Visitor Center or at the ranger
station at the end of Chain of Craters road for a report on current conditions and for
the best approach route (the trail is not lit at night).
- allow twice the time you think the walk might take. Because of
the lumpy/uneven surfaces of the pahoehoe lava flows, if it is 3 miles to the flows,
consider it the equivalent of walking 5 - 6 miles on a smoother surface. (Don't forget
that the return trip always seems twice as long!)
- take water (2-3 quarts, or liters, per person), sturdy closed-toe
boots or shoes, long pants, sunscreen, sun hat, first aid kit, gloves, flashlight with
- do not hike during the heat of the day (10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
- keep at least 30 feet from sea cliffs - they are prone to collapse
- do not enter closed areas (roped off or signed).
- do not venture onto newly formed black sand beaches - they can
- don't hike over the lava tube system located behind the areas where
lava enters the ocean as their ceilings may collapse without warning.
- stay at least 1/4 mile away from the fume cloud/plume created
when lava enters the ocean. These fumes drift on the whim of the wind and contain hydrochloric
acid and volcanic glass. If you have asthma or any other pre-existing breathing or heart
problem, they can be life-threatening.
- Visit the Park's website
for additional information.