Pu'u O'o Short Loop

MODERATE 2 reviews

Pu'u O'o Short Loop is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hilo, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

7.4 miles
1177 feet



nature trips


horseback riding


wild flowers

27 days ago

3 months ago

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.