Explore the most popular walking trails near Volcano with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I had some pretty crappy weather on the way up...bad fog and rain showers, made it to the cabin in 2 hours 50min but I was pushing it....YOU IN NO WAY CAN TAKE THIS TRAIL AFTER DARK the trail is not clearly marked and it is nearly impossible to see anything when all the ground around you is black (even with a light). The next morning the weather was beautiful, the clouds had cleared and you could see all the way to the ocean, amazing trail.
I took this trail late March and it dropped below freezing at red cabin...

backpacking
6 months ago

Great trail, pretty easy compared to the next section to Mauna Loa. The trail is closer to 7 miles each way making it a 14 round trip. I didn't come back but instead slept there overnight to acclimate for the 13+ mile hike the next day to Mauna Loa cabin. Great route, great trails. BRING LOTS OF WATER AND A FILTER.

This is a very technical trail, you have to watch your footing and look for cairns the whole way. We had snow and it made for very slow progress and we were following footsteps that didn’t follow the cairns to the summit but close enough for us to some solar panels and boxes probably 100ft from top but no footprints to actual top. Good hike but altitude was a bit of a problem for us.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

You can no longer get close to the active crater. With signs posted everywhere to warn you not to go any further. It was still an amazing part of our 13mile hike, and wish that one day we can come back.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

excellent family hike

Friday, February 24, 2017

Amazing views. When your on the rim of the crater, you are so high up people appear as ants that are inside of the crater. Climbing back up was a bit of a challenge only because I was not use to such a humid environment. Very rewarding hike. Active steam vents within the crater were amazing.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Just marvelous. You start at parking lot and drop down through verdant tropical forest for half hour, that then opens onto massive lava plain. The trail is marked by ahu (stone cairns), important to keep track of in foggy conditions. Pass by numerous massive rock formations, steam vents and plants reemerging from lava fissures. Take the side path half way across to see the reddish depression that looks like a cave. Sit and enjoy the quiet and breeze while you ponder the miracle of earth. The walk across the lava field is about 45 minutes with a rest, then climbs back up through the birdsong filled forest back to parking lot. We emerged by Thurston Lava Tube so saw that, too. Ten minute walk back down to our car. Just the best!! Moderate hike for experienced hikers, harder for newbies. Take water, hat, camera, snack bar for a rest break.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Definitely worth the view. It is a hard hike and you are constantly lunging; it is a great work out, but if you have a bad knee like I do, wear a knee brace. We were actually able to see the snow at the top which was an incredible experience

hiking
Thursday, January 22, 2015

There are so many trails around the crater rim. Some sections were closed when we went, so this only covers those areas that were open (mostly on the East side).

The Good:
- Great views for most of the trail!
- Vegetation changes from rocky to lush and back.
- Steam vents along one section are fun and warm you up on a colder day.
- Trail intersects many other trails. Explore!
- Parking spots all along the trail so you can start and stop where you like.
- Easy. Everyone can hike this trail.

The Not So Good:
- No water. Bring your own.
- Some areas are in full sun. Plan accordingly.
- Some sections are closed due to volcanic activity. Check with the rangers.

Bottom Line: All trails around here are fun. Pick one and explore!

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