Thurston Lava Tube Trail

EASY 87 reviews

Thurston Lava Tube Trail is a 0.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hawaii National Park, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
39 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

wild flowers

no dogs

10 days ago

If you're there it's worth checking out, but don't drive there just for the tubes.

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1 month ago

cool for what it is. It was pretty crowded when we went.

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hiking
2 months ago

Crowded but neat. Lights were out much of the way. Bring headlamp or flashlight. Phone flashlight works fine. It's short and shouldn't use too much juice

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

You get to walk through a lava tube! How freakin' cool is that? Short, not as crowded as normal - the lights are out and most don't bring headlamps. It was short and cool. Literally, the temp drops by at least 10 degrees in there...

hiking
2 months ago

Shorter hike than I remember from our honeymoon 17 years ago. Where the stairs go out at the end you used to be able to keep walking in the darkness which was pretty spooky. Either way a definite must if visiting.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy jaunt and nice cool down if you've just finished up the Kilauea Iki trail across the street.

Due to some standing water issues, the lights of the tube were out when we went, which actually made it a little more fun (always looking for an excuse to activate the head lamps).

The trail itself is stable and well-maintained throughout (possibly paved within). There's a brief walk through the jungle as you descend down to the tube location but it's nothing major.

The tube isn't terribly long. Perhaps long enough that you'd benefit from a light source for a short period of time in the middle but it won't take more than a few minutes to clear.

Neat hike. Short hike.

2 months ago

Interesting that it's a lava tube, but ither than that, not much to offer.

hiking
3 months ago

walking
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hiking
3 months ago