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At a good pace, it took us 1 hour to get to the Monument. You will be in over grown jungle type trails and many types of lava rock with no shade. We encountered wild goats. The hike back is the hard part. We had a time limit and has to push hard up the trail. 3 bottles of water and soaked in sweat it took us 1.5 hours to get up. We are in fairly good shape aa we walk 3-5 miles 3 times a week. Well worth it but allow more time then we did. Can't wait to return better prepared!

Nice solid hike. Sweeping views in some places

not much of a trail, homeless in the brush to the south..... the small beach has amazing waves for surfing.

Great views and away from civilization. recommend for the short walk to see the sights.

hiking
17 days ago

We headed West downhill from the trailhead until the road, which is about a 500' drop; the ferns are amazing - Jurassic style! If you continue clockwise up the roads, you go back up around 750' in elevation. Then you return on the above-described trail, dropping back down to the trailhead. I would describe that as a 2.3 mile medium difficulty hike.

As of 11.23.18 this is still closed.

Was very nice to swim once down. Coming back up was hard for me but worth it

25 days ago

Most of the “trail” is a road (rough asphalt on the left side; lava rock gravel road on the right). You start on the asphalt but we took the oak trail through the grass (off to the right) and walked the gravelly side on the way up. You’ll get a workout, but it’s definitely doable. We passed lots of cows, goats, sheep, turkeys and native birds. 4 stars instead of 5 just because it’s mostly a road and not much shade, but it was pleasant - only saw two other hikers.

The bay and snorkeling are worth the hike down. Today the heat on the way back up was brutal, we had plenty of water and it was a hard climb out after snorkeling and enjoying the water, we hike regularly in Oregon at higher elevations with no issues. Be prepared and if you’re questioning your abilities I would recommend a boat tour over the hike.

Mountain goats were a huge surprise—saw maybe two dozen of them. Once at the water, I set my pack down to go for a swim and had to come back because a Mongoose was going inside my backpack. About a dozen Mongoose showed up, so I had to hang my pack from a branch. Saw some amazing yellow fish playing in the water around Captain Cooks death memorial stone. Beautiful small finch like bird with a red head was super curious about my trail food. A little strenuous going back up, but we got hit with a monsoon like downpour which was a morale boost. Loved the trail—one of
My favorite hikes of all time. Watch out for boars too. We definitely heard them around near the upper portion of the trail in the thick grass.

Super overgrown at top of trail. Wouldn’t recommend for someone out of shape since the hike back is a strenuous one. Solid hike though and the bay is worth it.

did this in may was nice, long distance view was pretty good

Nice nature trail! Needed 1 hr each way

Enjoyed this trail as it was exactly what I was looking for after relaxing at the beach a couple days, nice views and a good workout. It is strenuous at times uphill climb that will keep your heart pumping. The only downside is the trail is somewhat poorly marked which is not a big deal if you have this app.

hiking
1 month ago

moderate hike on good track. signage for plants put out by local group. nice view of Maui and big island coastline.

Beautiful sunset pics!

I did this trail last year. It was cool and the rangers definitely push people towards this trail. The one across the street is far cooler. Both are closed, apparently, due to recent volcano activity.

This was an amazing trail with the most amazing views! The hike starts in a tropical like jungle, descends through a lava field, back into the woods, and then finally you arrive at the prize! Turn left at marker 8 to find the monument and snorkel bay. Warning: The grass gets extremely thick and overgrown at times. I recommend wearing a long sleeve shirt to protect your arms. My daughter got cut in the face and neck by the blades. But this was only for maybe 1/3 of the trip. If you have hiking boots, bring them. I promise you will be glad you did. Lastly, PLEASE bring enough water to last both ways. I wouldnt dare try this hike after 7am. The hike back up in the October sun was brutal.

Great trail, bring a lot of water, like a lot of water. Easy to go down, super hard to go up.

This trail is cool if you want to access to a nice snorckelling spot, first part in the forest and second part in the stones decor with nice view on the ocean, if you go at 17:00-18:00 you can see a wonderdul sunset !!

Yes, bring enough water. No, it's not like Hunger Games where everything try to kill you as written down below in other review. Yes, it's really humid. No, don't skip this hike. I'm 33 years old average hiker with beer belly and took us (with my girlfriend) 35 minutes down and 43 minutes back. Interresting hiking but more than that, great for snorkeling. We saw 20 dolphins playing and jumping from water and swam with them. Don't be affraid and just enjoy the show if you are lucky. It's remain a hik, not a walk in a park.

Tons of fun - jungle, ocean views, crystal clear water and a historical monument.

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Agree with comments on technicality of trail for running... had to go slower due to roots and loose rocks (although volcanic and grippy), yesterday’s rain made for slightly slippery terrain. Beautiful and convenient!

Not much of a hike but an absolutely amazing waterfall! Unfortunately your not able to get very close to it but definitely worth checking out.if your spending any time on the big island.

At the head of this trail is a sign that states and I quote “ bring plenty of water, approximate hiking time 2-4hrs”
Please take this sign literally and seriously! Do not attempt this hike as we personally witnessed today if you are +60 yrs and not in good shape, have no water with you, wearing sandals, long summer style dress or convinced to do so by someone who is into hiking and YOUR NOT! Took myself who is not a strong hiker, 3hrs 15 min to go to the bottom and come back. Top of the trail is overgrown with tall razor grass and brush. If you have ANY issues with spiders, bugs, this is NOT the hike for you. If it’s raining or you don’t have proper footwear, do not attempt! The trail at the top is smooth rock that would be slippery if wet, bottom of the trail is mainly loose rocks. Remember for every step down the trail, there is an equal number of steps out. Although I made it in and out, my hiking partner (wife) only went 3/4 of the way because she knew her limitations.

Pretty jungle trail!

Did this on Sept 11, 2018 fortunately got some cloud cover as it can be hot. The first mile or so is on an old road and nothing special. Then you ascend through grazing land. I was nervous I'd encounter a bull, but saw now cattle at all, just a few goats who are running wild there. The road was largely dug up some folks told me it is wild boar. Beautiful green grassland and a moderate climb with a rewarding view at the top and cool breezes. There are a couple of benches there and I contmplated the amazing beauty of this island and actually had tears in my eyes. I began my hike at 8:15 ad was at the top a bit before 10. Do it!

Bring LOTS of water and proper footwear....

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