Day Hiking in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

A person standing next to a large lava formation

Mauna Ulu

Explore the 1969-1974 lava flows of Mauna Ulu and hike to the top of Puʻu Huluhulu Cinder Cone.

Petroglyphs of two human figures in gray rock

Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

Hike across a lava field to the largest group of petroglyphs in Hawaiʻi.

A volcanic crater at sunset

Keanakāko'i Crater

Walk along an old portion of Crater Rim Drive to Keanakāko'i Crater and views toward the massive Halemaʻumaʻu.

Fumes rising from sulphur-covered rocks

Ha'akulamanu (Sulphur Banks)

See where volcanic gases have deposited colorful crystals.

Floor of a volcanic crater at sunset

Halemaʻumaʻu Trail

Hike down to the floor of Kīlauea caldera. Going down is optional, coming up is mandatory!

Hikers on the floor of a volcanic crater

Kīlauea Iki

Descend 400 feet (122 m) through rainforest into a volcanic crater and hike across a hardened lava lake from the 1959 eruption.

Morning rays of sunshine through forest trees


A loop hike through a unique area of biological diversity with rare plants, birds, and old-growth trees.

A cinder cone with scattered vegetation

Devastation Trail

Stroll on a paved path through a recovering landscape that was buried by falling cinder from the 1959 Kīlauea Iki eruption.

A tree surrounded by steam at sunrise

Crater Rim Trail

Catch views of Kīlauea caldera and feel the sacred breath of Pele at Steam Vents (Wahinekapu).

A solidified dripping lava flow

Footprints and Maunaiki

Traverse the rugged Kaʻū Desert and see footprints left by Native Hawaiians long ago

Last updated: November 19, 2019

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