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.
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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Waihee Ridge Trail, Kahului, Hawaii USA
It’s also home to Kahana Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary and the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, dedicated to Maui’s sugar industry. Kahului has its own major airport located in the North shore.
Waihee Ridge Trail is a 4.5 mi/7.2 km long (out and back), about three hours hike and starts from the end of Maluhia Road where you find a fence marking the trail head. Hiking through West Maui forest reserve, you walk through lush rainforest and you have the opportunity to admire spectacular views of valleys, the ocean and the Haleakala side of Maui.
The trail is for all skill levels, as long as you wear shoes with good grip because the path is slippery and muddy. It has an elevation gain of 1650 ft/502 m and it is very well marked. Hikers should wear bright colored clothes if it is hunting season and take a raincoat with you, because the weather is unpredictable.