backpacking
1 month ago

Just follow the rock carns and everything will be a-ok. it's actually a 12.6 mile round trip trail 6.3 in and 6.4 back - the turn around point is in po-oh trailhead and is marked wo th a large 15x15 meter clearing. I walked the powerlines back and used Google Maps because was sick of hopping from boulder to boulder.

A rocky trail. Didn’t get far because it is also a place where there is hunting and we saw some people shooting. Clearly a good idea to bring some neon gear.

Definitely bring a light rain jacket because it gets foggy and wet in the mist. But a lovely peaceful trail. Not too difficult. Marked w blue strips on the trees and rock piles.

hiking
3 months ago

First half has plenty of beautiful eye candy. The second half is pretty boring, but it's a great hike for getting those steps!

The west side of the loop is much more interesting than the east side (the power line road). The west side has several kīpukas and lots of relatively smooth pāhoehoe for an enjoyable hike. About 1.3 miles from the Pu'u O'o trailhead, there's a roughly quarter-mile stretch of ʻaʻā, but that's all. About 4.75 miles from the trailhead, the west side of the loop intersects with the power line road. The power line road takes you back to Saddle Road over 3.5 miles of loose rock. It was cloudy when I hiked it, so I can't speak to any views from the power line road. Regarding the west side of the loop, however, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get back to the trailhead before dusk sets in. The cairns marking the trail can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from the rest of the lava field if the light is low.

The trail was very rocky so not the most comfortable hike for anyone with knee or ankle problems. I did get great pictures in front of Mauna Kea on this hike so I would say I wasn't too disappointed. The distance to the Lava Tube was comfortable and easy (no inclines).

hiking
Monday, February 22, 2016

Fascinating hike over a lava trail with a couple of short sections through forests. However, I would not call it easy since there are several steep slopes with loose gravel and one needs good boots and decent balance in other sections. The trail is of interest to bird watchers and those curious about volcano ecology. For a shorter hike just go in two miles or so and there is good variety. Great views of the observatories on Mauna Kea.

hiking
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hiking
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trail running
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backpacking
Friday, December 23, 2016

on Kaumana Trail

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