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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.

Rode bikes first segment in then hiked. Came back in total darkness. Lava field is amazing at sunset and the lava flows and cracks are amazing.

Amazing views and worth the hike to say the least

This is a very technical trail, you have to watch your footing and look for cairns the whole way. We had snow and it made for very slow progress and we were following footsteps that didn’t follow the cairns to the summit but close enough for us to some solar panels and boxes probably 100ft from top but no footprints to actual top. Good hike but altitude was a bit of a problem for us.

Amazing hike. Entire family down to 7 year old did it without any complaints. The forest parts were amazing and then in the crater is otherworldly. The switchbacks on the way back up were the only tiring part.

Trail is a wide dirt road, mostly flat. Better at sunset or dawn cause the flowing lava will be more noticeably. It took us 1,5h each way, 3h total. there is no shade in the way, I would recommend to do it on a cloudy day. There are bike rentals at the beginning of the trail that you can rent instead of walking.

Hiked in November and no surprise, it was cold! Went from 5 miles out from the trailhead on Mauna Loa road due to road work, to Pu’u ‘Ula’ula cabin 12.8mi; to Mauna Loa cabin 11.5mi; to true summit then back down Pu’u ‘Ula’ula cabin 17mi; and back down to my drop off point 12.8mi. About 54 miles in all. Brutal. Mesmerizing. Extreme. During the day I sometimes needed a base layer, wind shirt and a fleece, as well as gloves, face shield, sunglasses, and hat for sun and wind protection. Temps ranged from mid 30’s to 50’s during the day in the broad sunlight, 28F or so at night. With chill factor? Pretty cold.

To do this route and stay in the cabins you must get a permit with the Back Country office in Volcano National Park. There you can find out current water catchment tank levels, cabin occupancy, and mountain conditions (though you can look the weather up online.)

Be prepared. Altitude Sickness can affect anybody no matter how strong or awesome you are, makes no difference. It’s being the best of us to our knees (literally as you’re vomiting your brains out lol). Or worse.

Besides that, the cabins are awesome and we are so fortunate to have them! If you do use them, be clean and respectful. Leave them cleaner than when you found them. Normal camping philosophy applies. Leave no trace. Pack out what you pack in.

I was very lucky I went when I did. The following week it was expected to snow 20-30 inched multiple days. I would have been trapped! Crazy.

Sérieuse randonnée qui se termine avec une vue sur le cratère Napau.
Marche en 2 parties:
-1 sur la lave
-2 dans la jungle
Pour la 2 eme partie c’est bien d’avoir un pantalon et une chemise qui couvre les bras car on passe dans des broussailles

One of the most amazing hikes I’ve ever been on

Sympa. En partant directement du visitor center cela permet d’avoir aussi une vue sur le cratère Halema’um’a.

Awesome hike! Through the lush forest switchbacks down into the lava lake. The vents are nice warm. The crater is like something out of this world. Paired these trails along portions of others for a 7 mile trip, parked at the visitors center. Several steep sections, definitely a challenge.

2 months ago

Short, boring

Fantastic hike through beautiful greenery, with distant views of the bigger crater and steam wafting past. Heading down into this crater was just amazing. We loved the steep decent and moon like walk across the middle with steam pockets along the way.

Crazy hike

Not the prettiest hike, but very interesting geologically.

3 months ago


Pretty place, very family friendly and open to a lot of exploration. Try to stay on the path and not to damage the surrounding areas by bush-wacking. I recommend going early since there are a lot of people mid-day to dusk. If you get there early and you stand in the middle of the crater, it's such a surreal experience - you can hear your heart beat!

3 months ago

Not a hike, to be honest - the Maui's road to Hana had a better lava tube. It's not as interesting it would seem at all. Definitely, don't go there just for the lava tube.

amazing hike.
loved walk across the crater, steam vents and looking at new vegetation starting to come through.

My favorite hike at HVNP. I always take visitors on this one and have never had a complaint.

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