Mauna Loa Trail is a 30.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hawaii National Park, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.
Please see our entry under Mauna Loa Observatory Trail. Although this is a very difficult trail, we will give it all five stars, because the views and exhilaration being at the top of this geologically unique volcanic 'shield' dome (is this the world's most massive?) is well worth the endurance, discipline, and some advanced preperation required to complete it. Unlike Mauna Kea and Haleakala, you cannot drive all the way up to the summit. We see its (snow speckled in winter) summit regularly from Kailua-Kona's Old Airport Park