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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Pu’u Huluhulu Trail, Volcano National Park, Hawaii USA

Trail length:
3mi/5km
Hiking time:
2 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. Puu Huluhulu Trail is 3 mi/5 km long, about two hours round trip walk and starts at the Mauna Ulu parking, on Chain of Craters Road.

Hiking here is an amazing experience because you walk on the 1973/74 lava flows, through a tree area with lava trees, sulfur fumes and all the way up to the summit of Puu Huluhulu. If the atmosphere is clear, you can see the mountains of Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the ocean.The terrain is rough with sharp volcanic rocks not suitable for beginners.

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

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Hilo
32.9mi/56km, 47mins
From Hilo drive to Kanoelehua Ave. head South on HI 11/ Hawaii Belt rd. for 30 miles southwest
BY CAR FROM Volcano Village
3.3mi/5.3km, 7mins
Drive Southwest towards HI 11/ Hawaii Belt rd. for 3.3mi.
BY AIR
Hilo International Airport,
5.3miles/8.5km from Hilo Town

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