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Hiking in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Halema‘uma‘u Trail
Duration Half Day
Topic(s) Rainforest, Geology, Geothermal, Rock Landscapes and Features, Scenic Views, Trails, Volcanoes, Archeology, Pacific Islander Heritage
Activities Hiking
Type Active
Parks Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Hikers on Halema‘uma‘u Trail
Hikers on Halema‘uma‘u Trail

NPS Photo

The true character of the park is best discovered on foot. With over 150 miles of trails in the park, exploration by walking and hiking can be a fascinating and enjoyable experience.

Park trails range in difficulty from easy walks like Kīpukapuaulu (Bird Park) or Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube) to longer hikes such as Kīlauea Iki or Mauna Iki. Other trails provide access through wilderness areas and are suitable only for those who are in top physical condition and properly outfitted with winter gear. Most trails are well maintained and easy to follow. Wilderness trails are roughly marked by ahu (cairns - piles of rock). Devastation and Waldron Ledge trails are paved and accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

Rangers on duty in the Kīlauea Visitor Center (open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily), will assist hikers with trail information and maps.

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Day Hikes Brochure
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Summit Area Trail Map ( jpg 2.2MB )

Summit Trail Map
Summit Trail Map
Hike Ideas
    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Kīlauea Iki Trail

    Descend through a lush rain forest to the floor of the solidified, however still steaming Kīlauea Iki Crater lava lake. Peer into the 1959 vent that erupted to a height of 1900 feet located below the Pu‘u Pua‘i cinder cone.

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  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Hike to a Petroglyph Field

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Coastal section of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
    • Duration: 60–90 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Pu‘u Loa Petroglyphs

    Pu‘u Loa Petroglyphs

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Last updated: September 13, 2017