No trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is complete without a visit to the end of Chain of Craters Road. Many times, visitors will check out the Holei Sea Arch, but completely skip out on fully venturing to the end of the road. Don’t be one of those people. The hike to the end is relatively short, though at times it feels like it is never ending. The National Park Service says that it is a one-mile roundtrip hike, but it feels much longer than that. It’s probably because the hike in and out is on a flat and monotonous paved road. Doesn’t matter, I’d suggest that you tough it out.
There’s no waterfall at the of this hike, instead, you’re presented with one of the most unique sites that you will see. Fresh, black lava and young green vegetation is starkly juxtaposed with an abandoned asphalt road. Where the road ends, the lava begins. Actually, this lava is relative new and is the result of lava activity from April of 2003. Jump up on the lava rock and in the distance you will see an odd sign sticking out from the black rock. Carefully walk toward it. As you get closer, you’ll see that the signs reads “Road Closed.” This makes for one of the most memorable photo opportunities that you will have in any National Park.
Explorers: Coty Gonzales and Michelle Sagucio.