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It is like nothing else you will ever do. You will be hiking on old lava flows and come across an opening where you can see the old road and a stop sign. Other times you will see the glowing lava beneath coming up through the cracks over which you are walking. Once you get to the end you see lava tubes pouring out from the side of the cliff into the ocean creating a lake of lava that is constantly battling with the incoming surf for where the land ends and the ocean begins. It is a sight you can never forget.

Also try to be aware of your surroundings. The park service will have light beacons every mile to help keep you on course, but when the terrain is uneven the next beacon might not be immediately visible. When we hiked out there, on the way back we saw a flashlight off in the distance start waving at us. It was a guy that had become disoriented in the dark and was wandering for about an hour trying to find his way back. There are other instances where people have been lost for days. Be careful on this trail because the ways you could get injured or die are different from other hikes. There aren't many other trails where you could fall through an active lava tube and instantly perish.

Beautiful! Keep walking past the gate!!! Epic cliff pics

Hiked it this afternoon and got caught up in the eruption and 6.9 quake before the park was evacuated. Not the best feeling to be on loose and hollow lava beds when a big tremor starts! The hike itself is pretty straight-forward. Just follow the trail markers and bring water. It probably helped that it was overcast and only 85 degrees. Lots of interesting plants and the $2 trail guide at the visitor center was informative.

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful little walk.

We parked on the west end and biked along the trail almost to the end, before getting off our bikes and hiking across the lava field. Biking was fun, but kind of stressful on semi-road bike tires as the road was loose gravel. Hiking was super unique over pahoehoe lava. I wore tennis shoes and ended up with a cut on the back of my calf from a portion of lava that broke off and cut me. Flashlights are a must for the hike back in the dark (you want to see the lava in the dark right?). Also I'd highly recommend a GPS or some sort of light beacon as walking through the pahoehoe lava field in the dark is very directionally disorienting. We had a beacon on the bikes AND a GPS, in the end the GPS helped the most. We left Kona around 3:30pm and go to the lava flow right around 7:45. Be prepared for challenging navigation through the lava field as it has many ridges and valleys. Lava was flowing crazy well when we went, I stood within 3 feet of a large flow for moment.

Rumor has it there is no lava flowing for the past 10 days, per the Park ranger. Some people report having seen it on social media (Instagram #kalapana and #kalapanalavaflow) but we did a 10.5 mi, 4 hour hike to no avail. Another family starting at the same time as us, covering a different portion of the lava field also reported no active flow that they could see. Would definitely call the park before you venture, the bike company told us to climb the ridge. Assured us we would see lava. So we hiked it up. Easy to climb up, not easy to climb down in the dark. We fell and ripped clothing and cut up our legs and arms. Lava splinters hurt! Would definitely do it again, but would also ask Park Rangers next time instead of just the bike sales-people! Definitely bring lots of water, good flashlights/headlamps and a raincoat/poncho, we got poured on while returning home!

Very long walk to lava viewing and hard to get back in the dark. Would rent a bike if doing it again.

To reach the active lava flows (as of Jan 2018), this hike consists of about a half mile paved walk, four miles of gravel along the coast, and about 2 miles over very uneven lava flows - each way. It is a very, very windy and dry hike. Bring lots of water - more than you think you will need. It took us about 5-6 hours to do the round trip hike, but witnessing the active lava was worth the trip.

As you get farther out, the lava flows are just beautiful. They are sparkly and iridescent. We also saw Pepe’s hair in one spot. When reaching the active flow, it is very hot and sulfur smelling.

Sérieuse randonnée qui se termine avec une vue sur le cratère Napau.
Marche en 2 parties:
-1 sur la lave
-2 dans la jungle
Pour la 2 eme partie c’est bien d’avoir un pantalon et une chemise qui couvre les bras car on passe dans des broussailles

Got to witness new earth being created. Stood 10 feet from the lava flow. We left out about 3:30 and stayed long enough for night viewing of the lava. Once it's gets dark the vents underneath your feet light up red when your near the active flow. You feel like your sneakers are going to melt. To go from the east take 130 to the end. From there you can rent a bicycle...highly recommend an electric bike for the 4 miles out on the cinder road. Once from 4 miles out, chain your bike and hoof it another 3 miles through the lava fields towards the hills. You'll find flowing flowing lava there. The hike back in the dark is extremely difficult... navigating through lava field and ankle breaking vents is treacherous. Bring sweatshirt, rain poncho, lots of water, a snack, gloves (lava splinters suck) and a headlamp with extra batteries. Have fun!! It's a stunning thing to see.

walking
11 months ago

Like a stroll in the park

Awesome hike! Not for everyone as weather can be harsh and changes quickly. We did 8.02mi by lack of time. The views of the crater are amazing. Be prepared, you are alone in the middle of nowhere... we met only one hiker past the 1st 1 or 2 miles and the terrain can be hard.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

The majority of this trail, the part the goes across the Halema‘uma‘u Crater, as well as most of the Byron Ledge Trail and the west half of the Crater Rim Trail, were closed when I visited last week due to high levels of sulfur in the air from the volcano. It seems like they've been closed for a while, because the off-limits area was marked on permanent park signage and brochures. I did take the trail from the Visitor's Center down to the crater surface, where you can walk a hundred yards or so out onto the lava bed, then over to the enjoyable Kilauea Iki Trail to cross that smaller crater. Combined with an out-and-back on the Kau Desert Trail from the Visitor's Center to the Jaggar Museum, that was a good alternative to crossing the big crater.

In all, this was about a twelve-mile hike and lasted us almost six hours. Unfortunately, we didn't see any lava but it was still a worthwhile hike. Make sure you take plenty of water (3 quarts per person) and snacks.

walking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pretty walk. Used to be amazing before the hurricane knocked down a bunch of trees. Has tree molds made from when the lava came through, which is worth finding.

This trail is long (10 miles) and very hot!
Bring tons if water !!! It's very beautiful!!

Not sure why this trail is rated "easy". It's long (11 miles round trip) and about 3 miles of that are over challenging lava rock. And since the best time to see the lava flow is at dusk the hike back is in the dark. Bring a flashlight and tons of water. Fantastic hike though (at least until the lava flow stops).

The trip to the steam plume is long and hot! Your will walk about 4 miles on a gravel service road then another couple miles across an old lava field to the best viewing spot of the plume near the ocean. The day we hiked I would guess the viewing spot was about ½ mile from the actual out pouring of lava. We did not see any red lava only steam an what looked like an occasional explosion of rock. From talking to others it sounds like the barricade has been moved back significantly from recent weeks due to shearling cliffs. The day we were there there was a surface flow occurring about ½ mile straight back from the ocean cliff. I would recommend plenty of water, snacks and sturdy shoes. My ankles were pretty sore afterwards due to all of the uneven terrain that you walk on, I was wearing Chaco shoes. Glad we did it!

To get to the steam plume you can either bike or walk from the east or hike in from the west. We hiked in from the west. Great hike to the steam plume. Not technical at all, but bring plenty of water. It may be raining and cool on top of the ridge, but sunny and hot on the road. The road/trail is cinder all the way in, with a porta-potty about halfway through. It's about 4 miles in on the road, then you'll hit the NPS roadblock. It's then about a mile over lava field to reach the vent. As of JAN 17, you won't be able to see any lava - either going into the ocean or surface. The recent bench collapse changed the access. The terrain changes though, so you might get lucky. Either way, you'll see a lot of sulfur vents and be standing right over the lava tube. Check with your wife before exploring. AMAZING ocean and lava views all the way in. HIGHLY recommend the hike. Make a reservation at The Rim, for a phenomenal post-hike dinner! ***Wife's Tip Corner: You can do this trail in anything... technically. But highly recommend sturdy shoes, bandana for the vog, and work gloves as some of the lava is very sharp (my husband took his gloves off for a second and got a lava splinter). Ladies - your man might believe he is a volcanologist and go "exploring" over lava vents. I turned my back for one minute and off he went. Recommend a bell or little kid leash.***

To get to the steam plume you can either bike or walk from the east or hike in from the west. We hiked in from the west. Great hike to the steam plume. Not technical at all, but bring plenty of water. It may be raining and cool on top of the ridge, but sunny and hot on the road. The road/trail is cinder all the way in, with a porta-potty about halfway through. It's about 4 miles in on the road, then you'll hit the NPS roadblock. It's then about a mile over lava field to reach the vent. As of JAN 17, you won't be able to see any lava - either going into the ocean or surface. But you'll see a lot of sulfur vents and be standing right over the lava tube. Check with your wife before exploring. AMAZING ocean and lava views all the way in. HIGHLY recommend the hike. Make a reservation at The Rim, for a phenomenal post-hike dinner! ***Wife's Tip Corner: You can do this trail in anything... technically. But highly recommend sturdy shoes, bandana for the vog, and work gloves as some of the lava is very sharp (my husband took his gloves off for a second and got a lava splinter). Ladies - your man might believe he is a volcanologist and go "exploring" over lava vents. I turned my back for one minute and off he went. Recommend a bell or little kid leash.***

Friday, January 06, 2017

I wouldn't call it a hike it more of a 20 min stroll. On paved road.

This hike is best at sunset. Be prepared to walk 4 miles on a gravel road and then one mile on lava. 10 miles all together. The lava is worth seeing and the walk there is beautiful.

Did this hike at night and while it was fairly flat it has small rocks that roll under your feet. This was a long hike to the lava flow but was beautiful and worth seeing at night!!

Nice place, lots of people, but an easy hike, parking could be an issue for you

Really neat place to visit. If its the right one, its literally on the side of the highway. We stopped right by a lava cave. We were able to climb down and through it. The deeper in the cave the darker it was until the very end, where there was another opening.

walking
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Short walk on a paved path. Very interesting tree molds.

Nice drive but ran into government keep out signs half way down dirt road. Not feeling it, we turned around.

hiking
Friday, October 09, 2015

This is a cool hike with the opportunity to camp out overnight at the Napau Crater Rim. See below for a review of the hike with aerial birds eye view of the route.

http://tonyflynn.ie/2015/10/08/napau-trail-hawaii/

Very cool area, and observing the flows was unreal. Terrible crowds though.

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