• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Bike the Volcanoes

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park offers adventurous bicyclists dramatic views of volcanic landscapes. Descend into the steaming caldera of Kilauea volcano via Crater Rim Drive. Pedal through deserts and rain forests, past craters and rift zones. Biking in the park provides exciting opportunities for everyone - old or young, experienced or novice.

Protect the fragile lava features, rare plants, and archeological sites. Ride only on designated bike routes.

Plan Ahead

Planning is important to ensure a safe bicycle trip. Stop at Kilauea Visitor Center for trip information, current road conditions and eruption updates. Also at the Visitor Center, pick up the "Bike Guide" leaflet (pdf - 4.48MB), complete with trip suggestions. Most visitors travel in cars and buses. Traffic is heaviest between 10am and 3pm especially on Crater Rim Drive. Be alert! Narrow winding roads through the rain forest limit visibility and pose hazards to bicyclists.

 

Follow the Rules

  • Always ride single file on the right side of the road. Do not weave in and out.
  • Adjust your spacing to allow motor vehicles to pass safely.
  • Stop at stop signs and don't exceed the speed limit.

Consider Others

  • Watch for and yield to hikers, horses and nene (Hawaiian Geese).
  • Be Safe. Control your downhill speed.
  • Call out a warning before overtaking other trail users.
  • Bike out what you bike in. Leave no Trace!
 

Overnight Camping
Camping is free (park entrance fees apply) and available on a first-come basis at Namakanipaio and Kulanaokuaiki campgrounds. Water is not available at Kulanaokuaiki campground. Bring warm clothing, rain gear, a tent, campstove, and flashlights with extra batteries. Fires are only permitted in barbeque pits at Namakanipaio campground (bring your own firewood).

Weather
Expect rain! Rain clouds can overcome sunny skies in minutes. Weather is extremely variable in the park. Along the coast it can be hot, dry, and sunny. At the volcano's summit it can be cold, wet, and windy. Please consult climate and weather information to prepare accordingly for your trip.

Check our Weather and Climate webpage for more information and prepare accordingly for your trip.

 

Safety and Health
Know your biking abilities before beginning a trip in the Park. In some sections, you will climb as much as 2,500 feet in 6 miles (600 m in 10 km).

  • Take and drink plenty of water
  • Wear a bicycle helmet. State law requires that children under the age of 17 wear helmets
  • Wear bright reflective clothing to be easily seen by motorists
  • Avoid overexposure to the intense sun. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Stay on designated bike routes to avoid cracks and cliffs. A bicycle map and trip suggestions are available at the Kilauea Visitor Center
  • Carry spare equipment for minor repairs
  • Cell-phone service is not always available in many areas of the park
 
Volcanic Air Pollution

Sulfur dioxide gas and sulfuric acid mist can make breathing difficult especially near Halema'uma'u Crater and on the lower half of Chain of Craters Road. At times, the entire park can be affected. On those days vigorous physical activity should be avoided. Individuals with respiratory or heart conditions, infants and pregnant women should be especially careful to avoid prolonged exposure to volcanic air pollution.

Fees and Permits
Park entrance fees apply to vehicles and bicycles and are valid for seven consecutive days. Commerical groups need a commercial use permit before entering the park. Non-commercial groups of more than 12 bicyclists should notify the park with trip details - call (808) 985-6027.

 
 

Did You Know?

`Ohi`a tree with lehua blossoms.

The `ohi`a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) is a pioneer plant on new lava and a dominant tree in most mature Hawaiian forests. Honeycreepers, like the `apapane and `amakihi, are often seen sipping sweet nectar from its flowers. More...