Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike, very easy with an amazing landscape when you are in the middle of the crater! It took us 1h40 with plenty of breaks for pictures.

Easy to walk trail, super cool to see the collapsed crater. The steam vents and sulfur banks were really interesting

Great little walk to see the sulphur banks and steam vents! Not challenging whatsoever, and lots of interpretive signs to fill you with information.

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1 month ago

No shade but pretty windy. 25min round trip.

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1 month ago

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rocky
2 months ago

A very easy walk, worth the 40-50 minutes.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Partially closed, but still very worth the hike. It's like a hike through two worlds. One a lush green jungle with flora that would make Dr. Seuss proud, and another like a deserted stone planet. Start early as the heat on the crater floor is oven-like. You won't find any shade at all, so double up on H2O and sunblock. The switchbacks are friendly to those who don't love a steep uphill finish.

Terrific trail to the bottom of the caldera. Some pitch and many beautiful plant species. Great view of the caldera along the way.

I did not hike the whole trail when I visited in 2017 before the eruption. We rented bikes to do the majority of the distance to get out to the viewing area, but then hiked around the area and checked out some vents. It was amazing to see the lava hit the water. Go in the evening as the lava is hard to see in daylight. Bring a flashlight or something. The park also has areas roped off for safety. I suggest you respect those areas and don't think that that warning doesn't apply to you. Don't be THAT person.

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3 months ago

Interesting hike. Definitely bring water because there is no shade and it gets really hot.

Fascinating hike... well worth it. And the drive to it is amazing.

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4 months ago

Not a hard trail, but there is no shade and the trail is not marked. I almost stepped on petroglyphs numerous times walking across the terrain. Bring water, wear sunscreen and a hat. We did this trail 20 July 2019.

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rocky
4 months ago

Completed this hike in 2017 before the volcano erupted in the big island. It’s one of the most adventurous hike I have done!! Is very easy to not see the underlying lava if it’s too bright. It’s recommended that this hike is done in the evening. It was a sight to see people walking on lava covered rocks and hot steam beaming from around these rocks. A must do bucket list item when you are in Hawaii!!

As of: 30.04.19 Only partially open. Back and forth about 2h. (Same way)

Easy, scenic, scientific with all the information about the sulpher banks as you go. Make sure to head to the crater rim lookout which is the highlight! Water & good tread.

Lots of people on this trail to view steam and sulfur vents, very easy and interesting, also one of the only trails open that is accessible. Take water and use proper foot wear.

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5 months ago

The gradual 1 mike hike to the crater floor is probably worth it but the loop is closed so what was once about a 3-mile loop is a 5-mile out and back. Not sure the crater has that much more to offer after you go about 1/2 mile into the moonscape. Bring water. Nowhere comfortable to sit here - it’s all like broken glass. Bring an umbrella? Our rad 5 and 9 year olds had no trouble here.

The arrival in the crater zone is absolutely incredible you feel like being in the moon (well I can just imagine it !). It seems that trainings for US cosmonautes have been done there. Walking in the crater is now possible following the path.

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5 months ago

Unfortunately closed from the crater crossing. Until then, a very nice trail!

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5 months ago

It’s only open 2.4 miles down and all the way across the crater...closed from the 2018 earthquakes. It’s currently on out and back hike. Still an amazing hike and its so cool to stand in the middle of it!

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rocky
5 months 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.

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6 months ago

Easy, but not very interesting. You walk on a bituminous road then on the pebbles in the middle of a lava flow. No shading and rock that brings you warmth. However the road to get there by car is worth it.

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

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

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6 months ago

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