Looking for a great trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, trail running 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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 13 hard trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ranging from 1.7 to 30.4 miles and from 0 to 13,513 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Without volcanoes there would be no Hawaii. Fortunately for the world, Hawaii's volcanoes continue to produce their famous molten lava, which results in a growing mass of paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. One of the most spectacular spots to witness this natural miracle in action is on the Big Island of Hawaii at Volcanoes National Park, where two active volcanoes (Mauna Loa and Kilauea) regularly spout ash clouds, smoke and hot lava into the sea. Visitors can hike around the park and experience an incredible range of microclimates and sites, from rain forests to eerie lava tubes to spectacular views of the ocean. Volcanic activity is responsible for a new island that is currently being created in Hawaii, which would bring the total number of islands to 9 in the state's chain. Just off the southern coast of the Big Island is Loihi, an underwater volcano that has been erupting since 1996. The new island is scheduled to break the ocean's surface in about 250,000 years, so we have a while before we need to book our reservations.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
1 day ago

This was a very hard trail. The grade wasn’t very steep but the terrain was brutal. Definitely wore the wrong shoes. We both wore our Altra trail running shoes which did fantastic with gripping on the smooth lava and allowed for tons of stability with the wide toe box on the way up. On the way down however my ankles became extremely tired with all the movement from extreme uneven terrain and I was truly regretting not doing this in a high ankle hiking boot. Sun exposure the entire way. Water water water! We did the 14 mile out and back in 6 hours. I thought I was going to die at the 12th mile but we made it.

Breathtaking, full of variety and fun!

This trail leads you to another parking lot and the place of the eruption is roped off.

We did this back in 2013 and completed the entire thing. since the eruption the entire trail is closed but you can still do about 5 miles round trip out and back.

So, will you see lava? No, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hike around here. There hasn’t been lava seen in a while. This hike is 1/2 jungle 1/2 old lava rock. At some spots there is steam coming out of the rock where rock plates have previously jack-knifed. The best part of the jungle is all the bird noises... I wish I just set my phone down for an hour to record the jungle noises. Anyway, the national park building is really educational and there is a really nice restaurant - good views and service. Enjoy!

amazing just amazing

Short hike to a small collection of petroglyphs. Worth doing.

Easy going down...a little more tough coming up. beautiful sites along the way. the crater it hot...no cover...but beautiful. Would do again. the light rain every now and then helped us to cool down.

Pretty good trail. enjoyed the crater at the end and the forest settings.

it's okay, I'd pick other trails at the national park instead

Pretty cool stuff to see, easy and quick trail. Not much to it.

hiking
no shade
rocky
22 days ago

starts with ainforest hike and opens up to the crater bed! it was a very unique experience!

Beautiful view of the crater and the mountains. You get to experience the hot steam and smell and see the sulphur deposits. Make sure you don’t go off trail as you mind end up in a 250F ditch.

hiking
no shade
26 days ago

We did this hike with a park ranger. It was fun learning about the culture and seeing the petroglyphs. A little hard because there’s no shade.

This is a beautiful trail. Not open completely but you go down 400 feet into the crater and then walk across the crater and walk back. It’s not tough but as there’s no shade in the crater, water becomes extremely important. The path that leads to the crater bottom has shade and some beautiful views. We hiked back up as the sun was setting and got some fantastic views of clouds settling in.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

I actually did two tails and circled back to origin from climbing up the Cain of craters road. I started from Napau trail and then took Naulu trail after Makaopuhi crater which leads to Chain of Craters road. And then climbed up back to Mauna Ulu parking through road

I enjoyed the sounds of the birds and the Hapu'u ferns. However, when you get to the overlook, it's so overgrown with trees that you cant see much of the crater.

Just awesome! You can experience this trail with all 5 senses! Smell and taste the sulfur and feel the hot, wet steam from the vents. See the beautiful yellow sulfur and red hematite against the bright blue sky! Hear beautiful bird song! This is my favorite activity on the Big Island!

Easy trail that offers cool climate and plenty of shade. Supposed to be a great place to spot birds, but the only birds I have seen there are the Kalij pheasants, which are very pretty. I usually have this trail all to myself, but it's really not that exciting.

hiking
28 days ago

A very well kept trail with a little bit of everything along the way. Part of the trail just follows the road, which wasn't ideal, but the rest was a nice walk with a few moderate hills.

hiking
no shade
rocky
28 days ago

It’s a tarmac trail so best for running and burning calories, also along the trail it’s birds chirping in the recovered forest or wind blowing in the “devastation” area

hiking
rocky
29 days ago

The first part of trial is great trying to figure out where the next rock pile is located. I won’t give it away but the coolest part is when you get to see where lava interfered with civilization back in the 70s, about half way in... After going outside the gate we saw lots of pig destruction - supposedly you’re supposed to bark like a dog if attacked - they are trained to fear this sound. Not sure if this is true but lucky we didn’t need to test this theory. Getting to the crater is a very jungle like experience with lots of overgrown areas with plants constantly in your face and brushing against your legs. Not sure if viewing the crater was worth it but would definitely recommend going all the way to the fenced area. Cheers!

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
29 days ago

The beginning of this trail was our favorite part. You have to navigate your way across a lava field, following the cairns from point to point. Recommend bringing lots of water and sunscreen, as there is no shade for the first 2 miles.

hiking
30 days ago

Nice little walk to see partially the large crater. No shades but easy walk on paved road!

Nice little trail that makes you see sulfura holes, steam vents and a very nice view of a crater! I’ll consider this more a walk than a hike!

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