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    Michael Bard-Henke updated Vega de Rio Palmas Fuerteventura

    12 months ago

    Michael Bard-Henke followed Beth Bard-Henke

    about 1 year ago

    Michael Bard-Henke reviewed Kilauea Iki Trail and Crater Rim Trail

    about 1 year ago

    We combined some trails in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and ended having a great hike. Starting at the Visitor Center we started on the Earthquake Trail left of the Volcano House. At the end of the paved road we merged on Crater Rim Trail and turned left on Kilauea Iki Trail shortly after. At the Thurston Lava Tube we added a short loop through the tube then continued to the trail. After we passed the crater floor we connected with the Byron Ledge Trail in the direction of the Visitor Center. Following the signs we hikes parts of the Halema'uma'u Trail, the 'Iliahi Trail and the Sulphur Banks Trail. We ended at the Visitor Center where we parked our car. The hike is about 10-11 km long, it took us about 3,5 hours with stops and a snack pause. I would rate the hike on the harder side of moderate but it might be easier when it isn't raining all through the hike. We thought it was a great hike as we could include a street that is closed since an earthquake, a lava tube, hiking on a still cooling off lava lake in the Iki Crater, going down on the Caldera floor, the steam vents and the Sulphur banks. So there was pretty much to see on this reasonably long hike.

    Michael Bard-Henke reviewed Keonehe'ehe'e Trail

    about 1 year ago

    We parked at the Halemau'u Trailhead and hitchhiked to the summit. Actually we were lucky and met a group planning the same hike. We took their car to the summit and gave them a ride up afterwards in return. Another group waited about fifteen minutes at the pick up area for hikers.
    We walked down the road from the summit and then took Keonehe'ehe'e Trail and connected with Halamau'u Trail after about four miles.
    This hike was fabulous. Keonehe'ehe'e gently descends into the 'crater' and offers fantastic views. Sometimes the cinder is like sand but it is generally good to walk on. Here we also saw some silversword flowers. The connecting trail is well marked and follows through a desert of 'A'a-lava, circles a pu'u and meets with Halemau'u after about 1,6 miles. It is easy to find - follow the signs to Holua cabin. Continuing on Halemau'u the landscape changed. We hiked through an old lava flow where vegetation is getting more and bigger. We were lucky to have a clear day, sometimes you run into clouds here, especially in the afternoon. Holua cabin is good for a break and some Nene spotting. After we left Holua we ran into the crater rim after a mile and had to start our 3 mile ascend to the parking lot. There were a lot of switchbacks and we gained a lot of altitude but it wasn't too steep. We got great views of the crater as well as the green ocean side of Haleakala.
    It took us about 5,5 hours with breaks but the time is absolutely well spent. A great hike.

    Michael Bard-Henke completed Kahakapao Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Michael Bard-Henke completed Keonehe'ehe'e Trail

    about 1 year ago