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Hike Journals

Mauna Loa Summit Trail
Mauna Loa Trail - 2.5 Miles to the Summit
Photo: Gerad Dean

There are hiking trails in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park like no other in the world. Below, you will find a list of trip journals and photos, submitted by visitors, that highlight some of the spectacular scenery and special moments experienced on trips off the beaten path. Share your journey with others by submitting a hike journal to our webmaster.

Familiarize yourself with Park regulations, prepare well for your hike, know the hazards, and take the right gear for your specific destination. Read and enjoy!

~New~ Mokuaweoweo Mission: From the Sea to the Summit of Mauna Loa (pdf 385KB)

Seven days, 13,679 feet of elevation gain, and 74.9 miles through Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
July 31 to August 6, 2013
by Lea Ka‘aha‘aina, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Backcountry Intern, 2013





Kīlauea Iki

Mauna Loa Trail

Mauna Loa Observatory Trail


Share your trip experiences on our webpage!
Send your journal and photos to:

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Attn: Webmaster
P.O. Box 52
Hawai`i National Park, HI 96718

Did You Know?

Skylight reveals lava flowing to the ocean.

Large volumes of lava move in lava tubes beneath the hardened surface of recent flows. Skylights form when the roof of a lava tube collapses, revealing the molten lava flowing like a river within the tube.