|June 16, 2012
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|This turned out to be a double dip! I read that the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park had opened a section of the Crater
Rim Trail as far as Keanakako'i Crater. I'd already been out a couple of times before they'd opened the trail and I
thought I'd be interesting to go "legally". After I'd done the first hike and was driving back up Chain of Craters Road, I
learned that Crater Rim Road was also open for hikers out to Keanakako'i Crater. So, what the hell, I'd do that one too.
I'm glad I did! Green lines are the hike out, magenta lines, the hike back.
|The first hike...
1:56 PM @ *193
|1:57 PM @ *196
|1:58 PM @
|1:59 PM @ *199
|1:59 PM @ *200
|2:01 PM @ *201
|2:05 PM @ *202
The trail will skirt the edge of this lava
flow for a little while...
|Just giving you a look at the trail as we go along...
|2:07 PM @ *206
|2:08 PM @ *207
|2:09 Pm @ *208
Going to cut across this flow...
|2:10 PM @ *209
That's Halema'uma'u. I'm headed that
2:16 PM @ *211
The fence was there before. It's to
keep feral pigs out.
This is new...
(if you want to go past this gate,
go to page 195)
|2:17 PM @ *217
The fence goes literally to the edge of
this, Keanakako'i Crater. More about
the crater later...
(Craters are hard to photograph and get right.
2:26 PM @ *220
I thought about following the fence, but
changed my mind because the lava's
2:35 PM @ *224
So instead I go the other way and
follow the edge of Keanakako'i Crater
and breaks through easily. Crunch!)
3:30 PM @ "Start 2"
I had taken my boots off and driven up
Chain of Craters Road to where it met
Crater Rim Drive. At the intersection,
there was a sign at the entrance to the
Devastation Trail parking lot.
3:31PM @ *227
So I parked the car, put my shoes and
pack back on and headed out...
|3:33 PM @ *231
Just some samples of the road...
|3:40 PM @ *234
|Check out the cinder on both sides of the road. That stuff was thrown out of
some eruption or other...