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    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

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Steve signs the log at the summit cairn

Steve signs the log book at Mauna Loa's summit

Mauna Loa Webcam

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 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily), will assist hikers with trail information and maps.

Day Hike Page

All overnight backcountry hiking and camping requires a permit. Please visit the Backcountry Hike page for more information.

Be sure to check on weather conditions before starting a hike, especially weather conditions for Mauna Loa.

Hikers are encouraged to submit their trip experiences to our webmaster for posting on our journals webpage.

For information about hiking outside the park on the Hawai'i State Trail and Access System, use this link to the Na Ala Hele webpage.

Did You Know?

The Kamehameha Butterfly is orange and black, with white spots.

Only two butterflies found in Hawai`i are native. The Kamehameha Butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) is Hawai`i's state insect, brightly colored, and larger than the Blackburn's blue (Udara blackburni).