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Halema’uma’u Steam Bluff and Sulfur Banks

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Halema’uma’u Steam Bluff and Sulfur Banks is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Volcano, Hawaii, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.3 mi Elevation gain 82 ft Route type Loop

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park P.O. Box 52 Hawaii National Park, HI 96718-0052 Visitor Information (808) 985-6000

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Reviews (199)
Photos (214)
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Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Relaxing and easy walk with a cool view of the crater and steam vents. Happy hiking!

Rid Hollands
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Walking

Gentle walk around the crater rim trail to KMC then back via the Halema’uma’u steam bluffs. Super easy walk, great views.

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Adam Prummel
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really cool vapor throughout the walk

Tyler Eline
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Cassie Ward
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Hiking

Great walk near the volcano house. Mostly paved trail. About 60 foot elevation climb near the end if you go counter-clockwise with steps made of rock

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sean ward
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Hiking

Awesome trail with views of both steam vents and sulfur deposits

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Aaron Gettinger
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HikingNo shade

Who am I kidding, giving four stars. Edited to five. Haven’t seen anything remotely like it outside of Yellowstone.

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Pete C.
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Hiking

Two stars only due to weather on the day I visited. The steam near the beginning of the trail was neat coming from colorful rock formations, but the rest of the trail was just foliage and mud. Views through the trees were not possible due to mist and low clouds. Would try again on a clear day.

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Kimberley Preiksaitis
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HikingMuddy

Great easy trail to see the sulphur banks and steam vents. We did it from volcano house to the steam vents first, which worked well as we were against traffic and got the muddy part over with first.

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Alyx Barnett
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Hiking

Super easy and well maintained!

Chelsea Coley
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Hiking

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

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Connor Snair
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HikingNo shade

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

R Wilson
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Hiking

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

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Barb B
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Hiking

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.

Sam@ NationalParksTrails
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Hiking

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.

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

Debra Hoitomt
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Kriti Bhargava
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Hiking

Beautiful view of the crater and the mountains. You get to experience the hot steam and smell and see the sulphur deposits. Make sure you don’t go off trail as you mind end up in a 250F ditch.

Michelle Porter
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Just awesome! You can experience this trail with all 5 senses! Smell and taste the sulfur and feel the hot, wet steam from the vents. See the beautiful yellow sulfur and red hematite against the bright blue sky! Hear beautiful bird song! This is my favorite activity on the Big Island!

Benoit Savoie Dufresne
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Hiking

Nice little trail that makes you see sulfura holes, steam vents and a very nice view of a crater! I’ll consider this more a walk than a hike!

Jenni Trekell Bolan
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Cool trail! One of the only ones still open on the park. First trail once you exit the Visitors Center. Just park at the Visitors Center and that's where the trail starts. Half of the trail is across the sulfer banks with no shade and half is in the trees and is shaded from the elements. In the middle is the viewing area for the crater. It's really interesting to see how it was then and how it is now. There is a parking lot by the crater viewing area too, but it's definitely worth the walk because there was always something to see. $25 per vehicle entrance fee required to access this trail since it's in the park.

Simon Guérard
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Hiking

Informational but not very scenic

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Hiking

Super easy walk and well worth the time. When getting to end of the trail, can cross the street and make a loop of it back to the parking lot.

Devon Reed
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Hiking

Partially closed right now but easy paved hike to the sulphur banks with some steam vents along the way. Gorgeous plants and great photos if you're into that. Didn't see much wildlife but heard some.

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Lori Kunz
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Hiking

We hiked this only because it was open. Not many trails are open after the recent eruption. The view of the crater is spectacular.

Assya MB
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Super cool to see the sulpher mists and yellow-coloured rocks.

JTM Bartels
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Hiking

Nice path connecting the KVC to the steam vents and eventually KMC.

Michelle Gao
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Jennifer Horn
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Walking

It’s hard to call this a hike because it’s either paved or on a boardwalk, but this should not be missed when coming to Volcano National Park. Do this before heading to the crater rim (which you can do by extending this hike about 0.5 miles) for the full experience of the volcano.

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