Pu'u Wa'a Wa'a Cinder Cone Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kailua Kona, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
This is a unique geological feature that looks like jello! It used to have an obsidian mine and is still part of a working ranch. This is an easy hike to the top where you can see Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalei and North Kohala. This trail is a recent addition to the State Parks in 2005 - called Pu'u Wa'a Wa'a Cinder Cone State Park. There are a couple of easy trails around the area, but this one takes you up to the top of Pu'u Wa'awa'a. Some like to take their bikes up and do the downhill, while others just enjoy the open views from the top. This is an easy hike with views of all the main mountains on the Big Island.
This was an amazing 8 mile round trip hike up to the top of the cinder cone. Along the way we saw sheep's and goats...once you get up half way there are some benches and a grassy spot to sit and relax and enjoy the view. Keep heading up the hill and you will reach the top and the view is amazing!! You feel like you are on top of the world!!
First off it is not 2.5 miles out an back, it is almost 7 miles round trip. Second I wouldn't consider it easy per se because while yes the first almost half is an old paved road, then it goes to old 4WD roads, it is varying degrees of up the entire way. If you start any later than 10 then you may experience some heat. It does start over 2k feet up, and you climb almost 2k feet but it can still feel stifling.
Having said all of that, this is the must hike on the Island for me. For a fit, advanced hiker it takes maybe an hour and a half to get to the top and less than an hour coming down. As I stated before though it is all up hill, and then all downhill. But there are a couple benches up at the top and a completely expansive view of the island so it is a great place to have lunch.
On a clear day you can see Kohala, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Haleakala on Maui! It is so tranquil and peaceful up at the top, making this one of my absolute favorite hikes to do. (I have now done it 4 times).
Great hike but do not be mislead. From the parking area it is 2.8 miles to the turnaround point with over 1,700 feet in elevation gain.
Awesome view and not technical but it leans to the moderate level of difficulty rather than easy.
We took the Ohia trail which made this track slightly longer. A bit of a hazy view at the top of Wa'awa'a which was not too good for photography. All in all a great hike , a very picturesque one.
This is a great 3 hour hike. I felt like I was walking the Scottish Highlands not the Big Island. Vegetation was lush and bright green. Lots of wildlife - we saw billy goats, Rams, cows, wild turkeys, sheep, yellow birds.
3.2 miles to the top. Steady incline. Took me 3 hours round trip. 2 up and 1 down. I stopped more than a few times to check out the view and catch my breath on the way up. Very little shade at the top. But found a nice tree to eat a snack and rest while looking towards Waikaloa. Was happy to have clouds on the way down. Goats and sheep and cattle along the way. As well as lots of yellow birds. Nice hike
It was hard up hill, a good workout but hot in the sun, not a lot of shade, better higher up after the paved road ends ends. Lots of farm animals, sheep, cows, goats, turkeys, cool view of the middle ground of the island. Looked like Scotland at the top.
FYI, you have to open the main gate to drive in and then registrar at the first building. Then continue to drive further up the road to the second building and park your car. This is where the trail head is. Trail is not marked so follow the road and use a trail map. It's 3.14 miles from where you can park your car to the top. Continuous 12% grade from the start to the top of the trail. Bring plenty of water. Great view at the top.
This park opened in 2005, I believe. A terrific hike with view of 4 of the 5 Big Island volcanos. The trailhead is located between mile markers 21 and 22 on highway 190. The park is open between 6 am and 6 pm weekdays for hiking. It's a relatively short drive from Kona. The elevation gain is given as 2,000 feet by other sources which seems about right to me. Stop and register at the first "hut" after the main gate. There are maps there. The trail is well maintained but not always clearly marked.