Halema’uma’u Steam Bluff and Sulfur Banks

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Halema’uma’u Steam Bluff and Sulfur Banks is a 2.1 kilometer moderately 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.

Distance: 2.1 km Elevation Gain: 25 m Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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

hiking
no shade
4 days ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

hiking
closed
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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!

hiking
5 months ago

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!

7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

Informational but not very scenic

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

2018.12.28

walking
Thursday, September 27, 2018

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.

hiking
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Nice and well maintained trail through interesting landscape. Did with 2 young kids.

hiking
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Went in September 2017 Interesting part of the Volcanoes Park with steam vents and sti ky sulphur banks :)

hiking
Monday, February 26, 2018

Short and easy, cool to look at, good informational signs

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Beautiful trail with wooden deck, very easy and very nice

walking
Monday, July 17, 2017

fairly short but still gets 4 stars for its exclusive features

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Fairly short hike through sulfur banks with some steam vents. Reminded me of Yellowstone a bit - but without the hot pools or mud pits. Still worth seeing for the short effort.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

worth going and seeing. short and easy

hiking
Monday, January 30, 2017

This was a fun and interesting hike.

hiking
Sunday, April 19, 2015

Definitely a neat part of the park to see. The path is paved and easy to hike; however, the volcanic fumes are hazardous and therefore the hike is not recommended for certain individuals (visitors with breathing and heart problems, pregnant women, or young children).

hiking
Thursday, January 22, 2015

This trail was good to explore with the kids. There are signs that warn you against taking young kids, but so long as you keep to the path and don't linger too long, you should be fine. If you have binoculars, bring them so you can get good close up views of the sulfur crystals. My kids loved the trail, though they did complain about the smell! NOTE: The trail info says 1 mile/1 hour. It does not take that long!

hiking
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Quite an interesting hike this is! I love the vivid colors that's created by the sulfur crystals. Very easy hike. You also get to see underground vents. If you have asthma or any respiratory issues... probably not recommended as the smell of sulfur is pretty strong.

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