End of Chain of Craters Road Trail to Lava Viewing
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.