Hiking in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

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

NPS Photo

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 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily), will assist hikers with trail information and maps.

For information about popular day hikes, visit the Day Hike Page.

All backcountry hiking and camping requires a permit. Please visit the Backcountry Hiking 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 Hike 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.

Last updated: June 26, 2018

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