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Pu'u O'o Short Loop

MODERATE 20 reviews

Pu'u O'o Short Loop is a 11.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hilo, Hawaii, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.9 km Elevation Gain: 231 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

no dogs

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rocky
1 month ago

This trail is great, the temperature is ideal as it is located fairly high and it’s mostly flat. For the first part, it’s well indicated and for the second part, you just have to follow a path. We did it in 3h20 from 11 to 2pm but we expected to do it within a shorter time, however since there are a lot of rocks along the path you have to slow down. The great thing about that trail is that you get to see different landscapes, like the forest but also lava and rocks. It’s a bit of a bother that for the last 2 miles we have to walk on the roadside where cars drive at 60mph.

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rocky
5 months ago

We did the full loop, and got to the access road at about 5 miles. The access road in my opinion was worse than the trail since there was a bunch of loose rocks. Next time, we’ll go the the road and turn around!

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8 months ago

I started around 11 am, and turned back the same trail instead of taking Powerline Road back. It was about 9.3 miles, and got back to the car little before 3pm. It was a nice sunny day with great views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. If you start late, you may have clouds and rain.

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8 months ago

Great and fun trail! I walked through rain on my way back so didn’t have great views up to the mountains... when it’s sunny it can get quite warm up there! The smaller forest sections on the lava field trail are beautiful!

10 months ago

The first part of the trail from the parking area to the intersection with the power line road is my favorite trail on this road. It meanders through several kipukas where you can see several endemic species of birds. The kipukas also provide shade and a magical experience as you walk through the old Koa and o’hia forests. You also walk through a few meadows. Nice! Once you get to the powerline road the shade is limited and the surface you are walking on is somewhat rocky. The worst part is the last .8 mile—the trail follows the busy highway with cars speeding by at 70 mph. Unnerving! I suggest you turn back at the powerline road and walk the forested path back the way you came.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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.

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