I removed the TH description because this is dangerous and closed.
This trail is closed. It is not in the National Park.
This trail is completely closed, and will be closed for some time to come. Do not hike here.
Aerial view looking southwestward shows the active vent within Pu`u `O`o crater. Lava often poured from the vent across the sloping crater floor and drained into the pit at the opposite (downrift) end of the crater. Several times in 1997, lava filled the crater and spilled over the east rim, draping the east flank of the cone with bright silver pahoehoe (lower left). Photograph by J. Kauahikaua on October 2, 1997
Sturdy, waterproof boots. Gaiters will be appreciated. Standard hiking gear.
In early January 2013, a very mean looking sign complete with law quotes warned of imprisonment and heft fines for hiking this trail.
Posted Jan 6, 2013 3:35 pm
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"I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one's burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."