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    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Day Hike - Mauna Ulu / Pu‘u Huluhulu

Pu‘u Huluhulu
Pu‘u Huluhulu
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View from the top of Pu‘u Huluhulu

View of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō from the top of Pu‘u Huluhulu

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The trail crosses 1973 and 1974 lava flows, through kīpuka, past lava trees, and climbs 150 feet to the summit of Pu'u Huluhulu. On a clear day, you can see Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Pu'u 'Ō'ō and the Pacific Ocean.

Of interest: Pahoehoe lava, kīpuka, lava trees, cinder cone, lava shield, pioneer plants, and panoramic vista.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance and hiking time: 3 miles roundtrip, 2 hours
  • Distance from Visitor Center to trailhead: 8 miles/25 minutes. The trail begins at the Mauna Ulu parking area on the Chain of Craters Road.
  • Bring water and snacks.
  • Prepare for hot and dry or wet and windy weather.
  • Follow the ahu (rock piles) over the lava flows.
  • Sulfur fumes may be strong on some days.

Take the Mauna Ulu / Pu‘u Huluhulu Trail Virtual Hike
Venture through a landscape formed in a five-year eruption that re-created this land. This trail tells the story of one of the longest known rift zone eruptions of Kīlauea.
Download the Trail Guide (pdf-3.23MB)


Hiking Tips (pdf-217KB)


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