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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Halemaumau Trail, Volcano National Park, Hawaii USA

Trail length:
7mi/11km
Hiking time:
6 Hours
Volcano National park is located at 30 mi/48 km in the southwest of Hilo Town in Hawaii. The park was established in 1916 and is a combination of unique ecosystems and diverse environments that range from the sea to the summit of the world's biggest volcano, Mauna Loa, as well as Kilauea which is the world's most active volcano.

The park is an international World Heritage site and provides the visitors with several exciting hiking opportunities. Halemaumau Trail is 7 mi/11 km long, three to six hours round trip walk and starts on the right side of the Volcano House. Hiking there is an amazing and challenging experience, not suitable for beginners.

The trail descends for 400 ft/120 m through rainforest then crosses the deserted Kilauea Caldera and ends up at Halemaumau Overlook. You will be amazed by the lava flows and the steaming vents, along with the variety of nature in the rainforest. The trail is well marked and easy to follow but you must always stay alert of sulfur fumes.

Hikers should wear hiking boots, long trousers, take a lot of water and snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat because the sun can be very intense. Due to the unstable terrain conditions, it is recommended, before you choosing Halemaumau Trail, to consult the Volcano National Park website for any park alerts that might prevent you from following this route.

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