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
rocky
scramble
11 hours ago

One of the hardest yet most scenic trails I’ve ever hiked. I twisted my ankle 2 miles in and decided to set back. One of the biggest personal disappointments ever.. this hike is a challenge but beyond words beautiful. Good luck getting to the top!

Easy and fun hike that gives great views of 2 craters and also a chance to check out interesting local flora, like the Ohelo berries.

I'm giving this trail 4 stars because the day I hiked the Ohias were blooming out of control. I asked the rangers if June was peak for bloomage and they told me that they had never seen the Ohias bloom so heavily! So if you are reading this around June of 2019, you should get down here and experience some Ohia love! Honestly though, if it wasnt for the Ohias raging red, there wasn't much else to see.

Pretty good until you get to the lava rocks then it’s boring across the former lake.

hiking
no shade
10 days 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.

hiking
closed
16 days ago

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

Unfortunately it’s still partially closed due to the 2018 earthquakes. But I still recommend giving it a go!

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!

Fun hike. You can learn some interesting facts from signs posted along the way. The sand is pretty.

hiking
no shade
rocky
19 days ago

no shade
22 days ago

backpacking
off trail
over grown
rocky
24 days ago

This trail is no longer maintained or easily accessible. We did go from Ka'aha to Halape along an almost totally overgrown "trail". Walking through tall grass, sticky grass and dense tree groups are now the only way through. It was a real challenge and we ran out of water. If you plan to do this route,take at least 3 - 4 liters of water along. Plan on a very hard route and you need route finding skills.

Partially closed. Instead of a loop, it was an out and back. Great view of the crater from the outset and opportunity to walk in the crater. Remainder of home is underwhelming.

backpacking
no shade
over grown
rocky
25 days ago

The trail begins at the Kulanaokuaiki Campground now since the rest of the road to the Halina Pali Lookout was damaged by recent earthquakes during the eruptions. It is about 5,5 miles on a paved road to the trailhead. The actual trail down the Halina Pali is tough and has some damage as well, but is passable. On the way down to Ka'aha campsites, there is a cool lava tube to get in to cool off. The beach at Ka'aha is really nice. The beach is really nice and cooling off in the ocean is wonderful after a long hike here. This is a tough hike, but worth it Overall it is about 9.5 miles one way.

hiking
no shade
rocky
25 days ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
26 days 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!

Partially reopened trail. Initial descent to crater is completely shaded with some rainforest bird noises. Walk thru the crater and then return back.

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

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