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Hiking Trails in Island of Hawaii

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  • lanamom
    Sunnyvale, CA653 contributions
    This was amazing - you hike down and then across the Iki crater, getting a unique perspective. Hike does have some strenuous parts, but overall not too bad and a lot of fun!!
    Written 30 August 2022
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  • Gregg R
    Marina del Rey, CA119 contributions
    We walked along the Kings Road through the Petroglyphs today for about an hour (plenty of time). The natural lava formations are the most impressive part of this walk as it’s a bit unclear which stone carvings are actually original. It was a fun walk and took lots of photos.
    Written 1 September 2022
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  • Toni J
    3 contributions
    we went to view the lava during the day - it is quite a trek! and only saw a little steam
    went back at 9:30 pm and the lava view was SPECTACULAR!
    Written 20 September 2022
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  • BucknBull
    Lake Tapps, WA21 contributions
    My son and I hiked this in 2018 while intending to hunt wild pigs. We got dropped off at about 6am and thereby missed the check in (didn't know about this). I was 100#'s heavier at the time and not in very good shape. I hadn't done a ton of hiking with gear. My pack was 65#'s and the guns were an extra 15#'s. Due to an injury, my son wasn't carrying more than 10#s. We hiked down the first hill into Waipio Valley and my legs were shaking like jello already. I had heard the expression watching boxing, but thought it was just an expression. We hike across the beautiful valley and there are some huts/houses w/ tarps and are impoverished looking. The locals can be territorial, so be very respectful. We hiked up the far wall and I had to stop multiple times (probably around 15). Several groups passed us. When we got to the top, I knew we had 13 valleys to cross before the big one, so I hid my pack and guns and decided to make a day hike of it. The top was really beautiful and the hills were rolling and not as steep. We crossed many small streams. Each one had signs as we went down saying caution falling rocks and flash flood. Didn't think much of it as the streams could be avoided by stepping on 18" boulders to cross. The hiking was truly beautiful. We passed the 4 heli-pads. At one of them that had a picnic area w/ a cover we called my ride to have her pick us up the next day at 10am, instead of 2 days later. (only place w/ cell reception). We eventually got to the Waimanu valley and only went about 1/3 of the way down for photos. It was truly magnificent and spectacular. The whole hike was like the garden of Eden. As we got to the top of the hill out of Waimanu, it started to rain and was close to 5pm. We hiked in a rain that we couldn't see past the end of our arms. Would later find out that it rained 9 inches in 5 hours. The water was ankle deep on the side of a hill (not in a creek or a valley, just across the sloped hill) We crossed a couple of creeks that had come up and were now raging at 1.5 to 2 feet deep. My waterproof matches wouldn't light when we got to the covered spot, so my freeze dried meals we ate a couple of bites to avoid them expanding too much in our stomachs. We hiked onward to get to my pack, tent and sleeping bags. We crossed a couple more streams that were up over 2 feet and it was now dark. The lightening was flashing every couple seconds and it lit up the entire sky that we could see by lightening. The flashes were so frequent, that the next one was coming before the light of the previous one was gone. I misjudged the distance of the lightening by counting the time until hearing thunder. I thought 1 mile away for every second. It was within 100 meters of us at some times. Eventually, we were going into a longer descent and valley when we heard a swooshing sound (couldn't see). We saw a sign that warned again of the flash flooding. A couple meters passed this, I could see the stream about 150 meters up the trail. I could see one part of the stream where there was some light. At the crossing was a flat spot in the valley. The raging stream was shooting about 75 meters off the flat where it started to go down hill. it was the speed of a fire hose, but was as high and wide as a large river. We reversed course back up the hill. If we had slipped on the muddy trail, we would have slid into the raging river and been dead for sure. We eventually got to the top of the hill and many pine trees. We made a lean to with sticks. I showed my son (17) how to thatch the roof from bottom to top overlapping the banana leaves I was gathering. The rain had let up and we managed to fall asleep for a few minutes, until the monsoon picked up again. We were getting drenched and cold (even in Hawaii can get hypothermia). We decided to make a better shelter. We spent another hour gathering materials and this time my son was more careful in thatching the roof. I got a lot of pine needles (around 6" deep for the whole lean to. Fortunately my wife had given my son a garbage bag to put clothes in and he had a dry pair. I took mine off and was warmer w/o clothes than with the wet ones. The fort kept us dry and the needles warm and off the ground. We slept about 6 hours until daylight. My son was still pretty cold w/o much fat on him and I was scared of him getting hypothermia. In the morning it was bright and sunny and the birds were chirping. We started hiking hoping to meet my wife for our pickup time. We passed the creek and could see that it had been over 12 feet high from the wet part on the trees (some had damage). It was now only about 15" deep when was about 6" deep the prior afternoon. We eventually got to my gear. I thought the downhill would be easier, but was actually harder because of the weight I had to carefully step down the rocks (it's the difference between a slow push up and a fast one). We eventually got to the bottom of Waipio valley and some locals told us about the amount of rainfall. We almost got to the river and I collapsed and couldn't go anymore. My son grabbed the heavy pack and started going. He wasn't supposed to because of his back, but he did anyway. We eventually got to the bottom of the hill and found a ride up. It didn't go according to plan, but was an adventure of a lifetime. We both remember this vividly. At the top my wife took us to hawaiian bbq sandwiches and got us giant lemonades. We were so REKT. It was only mid day, but we slept most of that day and all night. I want to do this climb again someday, but differently. 1) Watch the weather forecast before and react accordingly 2) Be in better shape (I have lost 100#'s and just climbed Mt Rainier a few months ago) 3) Invest in better gear. Ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain. I now would have a pack that would have more and better gear and weigh under 40#'s. 4) Get a guided pig hunt. Support the locals who know where to go. Even though I'm in much better shape now, it would involve 2-3 of these 18 mile trips to get a heavy pig out. I love a challenge, but there is a fine line into stupidity and this crossed it. 5)Spend a couple days in the valley camping. This was such a beautiful place. This place would top anything I could dream of.
    Written 1 November 2021
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  • williwanna
    Boston, MA104 contributions
    It is ranked as a hard trail, which I don't think so. You do need a pair of sneaker to complete the trail. You first hike 2 miles, and you will see a beautiful coastal line, then you will reach a monument, you can snorkel there, and there are TONs of fish there. I love this site, because when you go little bit into the ocean, you see a giant dip of the depth. You see all kinds of big fishes and the water changes color from light blue to deep deep blue.
    Written 17 April 2022
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  • Ryan S
    San Francisco, CA336 contributions
    Well as some other reviewers noted, yes, it felt like the longest 2.5 mi (each way) trail I've ever done. It wasn't even wet weather, but most of the time you are stepping on rocks or exposed tree roots, or anything like a twig or stone, to try to stay out of the mud. It was about 2 miles of mud holes you have to navigate around. Each footfall has to be carefully placed, you don't get much opportunity to look up and out at the jungle. it's a serious jungle. Fruits have fallen off the trees into the trail and they are all decaying and covered with fruit flies. I didn't experience any mosquitos or troublesome insects, but there were lots of inconsequential fruit flies. You are under the jungle canopy for 3/4 or more of the time, where it's not in the full sun, but it is extremely warm, humid, muggy, with the smell of tropical mudholes, decaying fruits, and decaying vegetation. It's a true jungle experience. What I was missing was a chance to relax and enjoy the walk, because the walking (foot placements) is so much darned work. It was also hard to not twist an ankle because of the sheer quantity of rocks you're negotiating for all those miles, you're bound to have a couple of missteps that are jarring at least. I was lucky not to actually twist anything.
    Finally you reach a drier, less muddy section and you can hear the ocean more intensely...means you're nearing the beach. It was a pleasant looking beach, plenty of area to go in the water without any wave exposure risks, but I didn't go in....just sat and rested for 15 minutes, all the while thinking about what I still had to do which was to go over that same 2.5 miles of difficulty on the way back! Some folks navigated along the ocean cliff on the way back and connected by jeep trail back nearer the parking area, to get back to the parking area, but it sounds like the rocks were slick. I might have given it a try, to avoid re-doing the entire jungle section. Maybe next time, if there is a next time. I guess once you're done and you know what you're dealing with, the next time starts to sound like a known thing and not so bad. Anyway, it's an experience. Tips: bring 2x as much water as you think you need (I didn't bring enough) because it is a lot more taxing and hot and humid than you expected, bring a snack (I didn't) because it takes longer than you expected, bring a picnic if you can manage to carry it along the trail (!!), allow about 3 hours in total (so don't start out any later than 2-2:30pm), wear very good hiking type shoes not any kind of flip flop or sandals, and be sure the shoes can get muddy on the lower edges without permanent damage (that is, can be effectively washed off later). I don't suggest the trail for dogs (a total muddy mess awaits you), children below 10 years, or anyone with tricky leg or ankle problems, or anyone with mobility/balance issues in general that would make rock hopping difficult. Oh, and bring a disposable like paper shopping bag in your car that you can put the muddy shoes in upon return to car, and bring a spare pair of shoes to change into.
    It would be good to first Google the trail and you'll learn it was a road in the old days for Hawaiians, the some kind of highway, then abandoned back to the jungle. It explains why most of it is as straight as an arrow (meaning you can often see far ahead, which is also annoying because all you can see is another 500 feet of mudholes you'll have to jump around). But with all that said, ENJOY!
    Written 11 October 2021
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  • Kenny Macdonald
    Spokane Valley, WA606 contributions
    What a stunning and gorgeous place. The lookout at the end of the road has parking, restrooms and beautiful views. Descend the nearly 1 mile paved road down to the valley floor, at an average 25% grade, and you'll be even more rewarded. Ferrin the end of the paved path to the beach is another quarter mile on gravel. Wear good shoes and take plenty of water. The beach, river, and valley at the bottom are gorgeous. Hike back up at your own pace. Took us 35 minutes of grinding each way.
    Written 7 January 2020
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  • Angela C
    Heber City, UT181 contributions
    These are fascinating. The little ones, ages 6 and 4 loved watching the steam rise and running through the blasts of hot air.
    Written 6 September 2022
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  • Carl P
    Wellington, New Zealand24 contributions
    It's level (until then end) and crosses some interesting terrain. The lava path is uneven and sometimes rough, but not too bad. Climb the cinder cone at the end, it's worth it!
    Written 25 February 2020
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  • Robin D
    Livermore, CA72 contributions
    We were welcomed by Auntie who gave us some safety information and historical information. Hike can be slick headed down to this beautiful black sand beach but we had a nice dry day. Take water and maybe a nutritious bar before hiking out! Downhill to the beach and then 372 feet up to the trailhead. Get there early for good parking. I recommend hiking boots and poles
    Written 24 September 2022
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  • psudino
    Weehawken, NJ3,731 contributions
    I can easily see a TV show that takes place on an alien planet being filmed here. There are spots where you can only see lava rock and there are parts where you are in a dense "forest" (not sure what to call it) with beautiful plant life.

    If you choose to visit this trail, wear boots or sturdy sneakers. I suggest that anything open toed or without proper support will result in cuts or twisted ankles. This is not a groomed flat path, it is rocky and the plant life grows into the path.

    A wonderful side trip when on Saddle Road, or even a great destination if your intention is to go hiking. Either way, a worthwhile attraction.
    Written 31 August 2020
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  • Steve82WCHS
    Nappanee, IN29 contributions
    Easy trail with minimal elevation gain through a cool tropical forest. Opportunities to see many birds, including honeycreepers, but go early or late as they are not very active mid-day. Trail has lots of interesting signage concerning the trees and other plants found in the forest. Highly recommended as part of your Volcano NP visit
    Written 21 February 2020
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  • Nick S
    Washington DC, DC128 contributions
    This is another cool hike through a lava field. You look up to the caldera peak and down to the ocean. Our kids loved scrambling over the rocks and jumping on and off the trail. The Petroglyphs were surrounded by a raised wooden trail. They were big and easy to see. It's unbelievable to think that people actually lived in and around this lava field.
    Written 2 September 2021
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  • Michael F
    Toronto, Canada449 contributions
    We did this with the kilauea ski trail by parking further. It showed us good local fauna growth and was an enjoyable add on to the main hike. In the rain the trees shielded us.
    Written 6 February 2020
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  • Michael F
    Toronto, Canada449 contributions
    Pretty good hike especially with the descriptive guide and signs. Last stretch leads to a good view. Not too challenging. Mist people could fo it. Cool to see lava around the trees.
    Written 9 February 2020
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