Byron Ledge Trail
ElevationAscent: 138' 42 m
Descent: -159' -49 m
High: 3,695' 1,126 m
Low: 3,548' 1,081 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“Partake in grand caldera views from the eastern rim where forests offer welcome shade.”— Megan W
The Byron Ledge Trail offers benches to rest on and great views of the vast steaming Kilauea cauldron. Learn about the native plants by reading the interpretive signs along the trail. Soon, you reach the junction of the Devastation to Byron Ledge Connector Trail that heads southeast.
After just over a mile of running the Byron Ledge Trail, the route normally makes an abrupt turn to the west and dips down into the crater, but for the past several years the trail has been closed beyond this point. If the trail is reopened, you'll cross the lava pooled in the bottom of the crater using lava rock cairns to navigate. Enjoy seeing the crazily contorted lava formations and interesting surface textures on display. The trail terminates at an intersection with the Halema'uma'u Trail.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park