Boiling Pots

MODERATE 24 reviews

Boiling Pots is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hilo, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

0.3 miles
3 feet
Out & Back



nature trips






over grown



19 days ago

Get ready for some awesome views with little effort to get there. Parking is mega close and the pots and falls are worth seeing.
Did notice some folks trying to swim in the pools, but not recommended with all the signage, hefty fines.

1 month ago

Stopped here after Rainbow Falls, looks interesting but the water level was very low and there wasn’t much boiling going on.

3 months ago

Not very special. I guess it most rain a lot in order to make this river looking boiling.

7 months ago

Beautiful area & local folklore of the river explained on boards. Hiking area closed is though.

7 months ago

5/26/2018-It wasn’t a lazy river today! However not enough rain has fallen lately to get it to really boil either. Still, we enjoyed our visit!

8 months ago

It had been dry for a week so nothing really to see. Just peekaboo views of the river and the pots I imagine would have been really cool the day we left since it had rained for 24 hrs. It looks like there used to be a trail that would give you better views that was closed off.

9 months ago

Best view of the day!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Water flow was low = not impressive.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Just as Rainbow Falls, the flow amount (or lack) of water will have a big difference in the view and excitement.

Monday, January 04, 2016

No real hike. There are people who go outside the boundaries but it doesn't seem worth it.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We love waterfalls. We hike to as many as possible, so when we saw these, of course we had to go have a look.

The Good:
- Nice falls. These were beautiful to look at
- Full because of rain. It is possible that during dry seasons they will not be so beautiful.
- Great view!

The Not So Good:
- Bad railings will let people fall
- Area closed to walk down there so no exploring or getting close
- Disappointment
- 3 for the view
- 1 for the adventure

Bottom Line: This place could be better if only we could hike closer to the falls. But they have blocked off most of the area so you can't get very adventurous with kids. So, good to look at once, but I could skip it next time I go to the big island.


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