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November 12, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: ~1 HOUR

Distance: 2.2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 200 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless 

Sights: Pu'u Pua'i Cinder Cone, Mauna Loa/Kea, Halema'uma'u Crater, Kilauea Caldera

What to Bring: Sunscreen

Located in Volcanoes National Park, these short trails give you a glimpse of the powerful effects of a volcano, both past and present. The Devastation Trail takes you through the remnants of the massive 1959 eruption, where...

November 11, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 500 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Shadeless Crater, Some uneven footing, Hot steam and rocks, Limited Parking at main trailhead

Sights: Kilauea Iki Crater, Mauna Loa, Kilauea Caldera, Steam Vents

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Water (>1L), Hiking Shoes

One of the most popular day hikes in Volcanoes National Park (VNP), Kilauea Iki takes you through a lush rainforest and a volcanic...

November 10, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-3 DAYS

Distance: 15 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2300 FEET

Foot Traffic: VERY LOW

Challenges: Trail Navigation, Shadeless, Uneven Footing, Very Overgrown in parts, Backpacking Gear

Sights: Ka'u Coastline, Ka'u Desert, Sea Arch, Tidepools, Lava Tubes

What to Bring: Backpacking Gear, Long Sleeves and Pants, Gloves, Rain Jacket, Compass

Located on the Big Island in Volcanoes National Park (VNP), the trail to Ka'aha is one of severa...

September 4, 2017

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 7+ HOURS

Distance: 12 MILES

Elevation Gain: 4500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Altitude Sickness, Endurance Challenge, Possible Freezing Temperatures

Sights: Mauna Loa, Lake Waiau, Observatory, Mauna Kea Summit

What to Bring: Good Hiking Shoes, Lots of Water, Lunch, Cold Weather Gear, Sunscreen, Aspirin

The tallest peak in all of Hawaii and the tallest sea mountain in the world, hiking to the summit of Mauna Kea is no easy...

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