Explore the most popular trail running 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.

19 hours ago

Loved this hike. I only hiked down from the Lava Tubes trail. It was voggy and late in the day. The descent through the rainforest onto the crater was surreal. We are heading to the big island again in January. I sure hope this trail opens up again. It appears to be closed.

Hike was not difficult. Parking was easy on both side of road. Signs marked the beginning of the trail and stone piles marked the trail until the wooden board walk to view the petroglyphs. We brought water. It was sunny and a light breeze sometimes. There was a warning sign about fumes but we didn’t experience any problems.

This is an excellent trail marked by cairns across a.hundreds-year old lava bed, which ends at a boardwalk around thousands of Petroglyphs. Well worth the stop, and bring water.

Awesome petroglyphs. Worth doing

Beautiful and interesting, description is spot on. Fun

Really nice walk to fascinating ancient drawings in lava.

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6 months ago

Cool hike- petroglyphs are neat. Nice hike with kids.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Awesome ancient history! Short hike but hot.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

appreciated the historical significance

Monday, July 10, 2017

The majority of this trail, the part the goes across the Halema‘uma‘u Crater, as well as most of the Byron Ledge Trail and the west half of the Crater Rim Trail, were closed when I visited last week due to high levels of sulfur in the air from the volcano. It seems like they've been closed for a while, because the off-limits area was marked on permanent park signage and brochures. I did take the trail from the Visitor's Center down to the crater surface, where you can walk a hundred yards or so out onto the lava bed, then over to the enjoyable Kilauea Iki Trail to cross that smaller crater. Combined with an out-and-back on the Kau Desert Trail from the Visitor's Center to the Jaggar Museum, that was a good alternative to crossing the big crater.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

You can no longer get close to the active crater. With signs posted everywhere to warn you not to go any further. It was still an amazing part of our 13mile hike, and wish that one day we can come back.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

excellent family hike

Friday, February 24, 2017

Amazing views. When your on the rim of the crater, you are so high up people appear as ants that are inside of the crater. Climbing back up was a bit of a challenge only because I was not use to such a humid environment. Very rewarding hike. Active steam vents within the crater were amazing.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This hike is gruelling, but the secluded beach is worth the 17+ mile round trip. there is no shade along the hike and be sure to check in with the park to know if there is catchment water available at Halape.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Just marvelous. You start at parking lot and drop down through verdant tropical forest for half hour, that then opens onto massive lava plain. The trail is marked by ahu (stone cairns), important to keep track of in foggy conditions. Pass by numerous massive rock formations, steam vents and plants reemerging from lava fissures. Take the side path half way across to see the reddish depression that looks like a cave. Sit and enjoy the quiet and breeze while you ponder the miracle of earth. The walk across the lava field is about 45 minutes with a rest, then climbs back up through the birdsong filled forest back to parking lot. We emerged by Thurston Lava Tube so saw that, too. Ten minute walk back down to our car. Just the best!! Moderate hike for experienced hikers, harder for newbies. Take water, hat, camera, snack bar for a rest break.

Monday, January 02, 2017

I loved this trail. So much history, tradition and culture on this trail. The petroglyphs were very neat, too! Good vibes on this trail

Saturday, June 25, 2016

It was to hot for us! But really neat to see the petroglyphs. Go early in day, not in summer. ☀️

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Pretty amazing trail leading down to Halape Beach. We stayed 3 nights camping, fishing, snorkeling and enjoying the private beach. There are also anchialine tide pools to see and wade in.

The trail itself is marked with rock piles every 100 feet or so to follow. There is a lava field to cross, tall grass and is a very open trail with little to no shade during the hot days. At the end of the trail is Halape which has a primitive bathroom, shelter and water catchment.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

You walk on lava rock to a reddish raised wooden platform to see petroglyphs. There's not a designated trail, but if you stay within the stacked rocks (a guide had mentioned these are trail markers) you'll find it.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Basic hike over the lava to ancient petroglyphs.

Saturday, July 04, 2015


Thursday, January 22, 2015

There are so many trails around the crater rim. Some sections were closed when we went, so this only covers those areas that were open (mostly on the East side).

The Good:
- Great views for most of the trail!
- Vegetation changes from rocky to lush and back.
- Steam vents along one section are fun and warm you up on a colder day.
- Trail intersects many other trails. Explore!
- Parking spots all along the trail so you can start and stop where you like.
- Easy. Everyone can hike this trail.

The Not So Good:
- No water. Bring your own.
- Some areas are in full sun. Plan accordingly.
- Some sections are closed due to volcanic activity. Check with the rangers.

Bottom Line: All trails around here are fun. Pick one and explore!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ok. Dull walk but interesting hieroglyphs.

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