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, with possible longer connections to Byron Ledge, Kīlauea Iki, and Nāhuku.

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.

Vegetation-covered entrance to a cave

Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube)

Walk through lush rainforest and see a cave where a river of lava flowed 500 years ago.

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 breath of the volcano at Steaming Bluff (Wahinekapu).

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 solidified dripping lava flow

Footprints and Maunaiki

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

A cinder cone with dead trees in the foreground

Byron Ledge

Take in views of Puʻu Puaʻi and Kīlauea caldera. Byron Ledge makes for a great longer hike to the Kīlauea Iki loop and Nāhuku.

A green meadow with red soil exposed

The Kahuku Unit

Don't forget the amazing day hikes and ranching history at Kahuku!

Last updated: July 30, 2020

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