Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hiking Trail

Hike Overview

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hiking Trail

Best Hawaiian Islands Hiking Trail: Established in 1916, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is the Big Island’s featured attraction and includes over 300,000+ acres of land and two active volcanoes: the  Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. The Mauna Loa volcano last erupted in 1984 and the Kilauea volcano has been flowing lava since 1983. On average, the Kilauea volcano produces about 50,000-650,000 cubic yards of lava per day, which is equivalent of producing enough asphalt to surface a 20-mile two-lane road daily.

For this #GoHikeIt Hawaii hiking adventure, the team explored the park from the Chain of Craters Road, which is accessible about 30 miles south of Hilo. The team rented bikes to cover more of the terrain and be able to hike more of the scenic view points near the lava flow. Since the lava flow is regularly flowing, visitors and hikers are restricted from accessing close vantage points. However, the views from the vantage points still provide excellent views of the lava flow, especially at night.

If you plan on visiting the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, bring plenty of water and snacks as you are far away from traditional grocery stores and retail outlets. It’s also recommended to bring a jacket, binoculars & flashlight to view the lava at night.

Estimated Time: 3-6 hours

Total Distance: 6-10 miles (round-trip)

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Total Distance (miles)

The park features over 150 miles of trails to explore!

Total Estimated Time (hour)

There are two active volcanoes: the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Photo Gallery

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When to Go

Year-Round: The park is open to visitors year-round, however depending on the lava flow certain sections of the park may be restricted. Additionally, as the park is one of the more popular island excursions, it can be very busy during the summer and holiday months. If you want to ride a bike on your visit, it’s recommended to call ahead and make a reservation.

Dog Friendly

No, dogs on leashes are only permitted in certain sections of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Please visit state park website for full details.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Trail Map

Hawaiian Hiking Trail Directions

Address for GPS: 12-4980 Kaimu-Chain of Craters Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778

 

Why We Liked It

Aloha! We loved exploring Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park! It felt as if we had landed on Mars as the terrain was covered in dried molten lava. It was a blast to walk on top of the lava and see new flora emerge through its cracks. Life was emerging in these newly formed areas of land!

Our group enjoyed a picnic near the cliff’s edge as we waited for sunset. We loved connecting in the open space and witnessing the steady, slow moving lava move down the mountainside and reach the ocean.

In addition to the Waipi’o Valley Hiking Trail, this Hawaiian adventure is one to add to your bucket list!

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