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Best trails in Volcano

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Looking for a great trail near Volcano, Hawaii? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs no trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden or Liliuokalani Garden. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Volcano ranging from 1.2 to 8 miles and from 3,966 to 4,137 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Volcano
Top trails (8)
#1 - Halema’uma’u Steam Bluff and Sulfur Banks
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 33 m
Nice easy hike around the crater rim trail with interesting views of steam vents and sulfur deposits and interpretive signage. Accessibility: According to the park website, most of this trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly if you start at the Steam Vents parking lot to the west (marked on the map with a waypoint). The steepest section is by the sulfur banks on the north side of the trail, where the estimated grade is 7%. The trail surface is mostly paved/boardwalk and partially gravel. It is typically at least four feet wide. The short gravel trail (0.1 miles in length) from th Steam Vents parking lot to the Steaming Bluff (Wahinekapu) is also wheelchair friendly.Show more
#2 - Sandalwood (Iliahi) Trail
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 31 m
#3 - Kilauea Craters Trail
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
Hiking inside the desolate crater of possibly the world's most active volcano. The volcanic activity that created the Hawaiian island chain hasn't yet finished working on what's know as the 'Big Island' called Hawaii. If you need evidence, look no further than the lava flows and gas eruptions that spill from the Kilauea volcano located on the south-east side of the Big Island. You'll find Kilauea at Volcanoes National Park where there's plenty to see even without stepping far from your vehicle. However, being hikers we'd suggest leaving your car by Thurston Lava Tube and setting out on an eight-and-a-half mile trek into the Kilauea pit crater itself, along the huge expanses of lava and taking in the Halema'uma'u crater-within-a-crater on the way. There's something other-worldly about walking across a desolate 4-mile wide crater over huge expanses of strangely patterned lava flows. Steam and sulfuric gases venting into the air are stark reminders that you're standing on top of an immense volcano, but the sight of flowers and other vegetation rising out of the cracks reassure you that the lava you're standing on is decades old. Elevation gain: - 800ft (from 3,500 - 4,100ft) Alternatives: - Consider the short walk through Thurston Lava Tubes located at the trailhead of this hike. - There's a shorter (5.2 mile) out-and-back route to Halema'uma'u Crater which begins and ends at the Kilauea Visitor Center.Show more
#4 - Crater Rim Drive
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
This trail is a former paved road that was damaged due to earthquakes by the 2018 volcanic eruptions. Use caution. There are views of several craters as you make your way down the road. Show more
#5 - Mauna Loa Trail to Red Hill
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 7 h 55 m
Note: Mauna Loa Road past Kīpukapuaulu is open for hikers and bicyclists to Mauna Loa Overlook at 6,662 feet, but is closed to vehicles for wildfire preventionShow more
#6 - Hawai'i Chain of Craters Drive [CLOSED]
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Length: 29 mi
As of July 2020, although the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is open, there are restrictions in place for vehicles and all restrooms are still closed. Please visit the park page for more info: https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm An unforgettable drive from the top of Kilauea in Hawai'i to the Pacific Ocean. Many people come to Hawaii for the beaches, but Kilauea is a place you do not want to miss on any visit to the Big Island. Set aside an entire day, at least, for seeing Kilauea and all its sites. This drive down the Chain of Craters Drive is an unforgettable journey from the top of the volcano, past volcanic floes and craters from ages past, and down to the ocean where the lava flows into the ocean. On the way you can stop and walk through a lava tube (you can check out the video on the Thurston Lava Tube point of interest) and a short walk gets you out of the car an across the lava fields to see petroglyphs in the lava. This drive gets you away from the tourist filled beaches and into a different world, the world of the volcano.Show more
#7 - Byron Ledge & Halema'uma'u Loop [CLOSED]
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Note: The Crater Rim Trail is currently closed between the Volcano House and Kīlauea Iki.Show more
#8 - Crater Rim Trail: East from Jaggar Museum [CLOSED]
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more