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Best Hiking Trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

There is no adventure like hiking around the Kilauea volcano.  Here are some of the best hiking trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the most popular trails with our guests.  Please note that parking at many of the trailheads is extremely limited.  Consider parking at the visitor's center and walking to the trails.  Be sure to come prepared with water, food, a hat, sunscreen, rain gear, and sturdy footwear.  The lava can be very sharp so make sure you are protected.

*Distance to Trailhead is measured from the Aloha Junction B&B

Trail List
Halema'uma'u Steam Bluff and Sulfur Banks
*Distance to Trailhead: 2.3 Miles - Trail Length: 1.3 Miles

Walk the easy 1.3 Mile Halema'uma'u Steam Bluff and Sulfur Banks loop trail featuring natural hot springs.   It's just a short walk from the Visitor Center, engaging all 5 senses!

Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) Trail
*Distance to Trailhead: 3.4 Miles - Trail Length: 600 Feet

Just recently reopened. The 600 foot long Thurston Lava Tube is a “must-see” part of the National Park!  This subterranean cave was formed by ancient lava flows.  It is just 0.4 miles from the Kīlauea Iki Trailhead traveling south-east.

Halema'uma'u Trail
*Distance to Trailhead: 4.5 Miles - Trail Length: 3 Miles

Take a 3-mile hike down the world’s largest volcanic crater! Pack a picnic or have lunch at the Volcano House.

Kilauea Iki Crater Trail
*Distance to Trailhead: 4.7 Miles - Trail Length: 400 Feet

This trail is a little more challenging because it is a steep and rocky 400-foot descent & ascent into the solidified lava lake formed at the crater.

Devastation Trail
*Distance to Trailhead: 4.8 Miles - Trail Length: 0.5 Mile

A fun 1-mile round trip boardwalk through a forest that has been completely devasted by the eruption of 1959. Park your car at one end and have someone pick you up at the other. Make sure you stay on the paved trail. Do not climb the Pu'upua'i cinder cone.

Crater Rim Trail
*Distance to Trailhead: 4.9 Miles - Trail Length 3 Mile Loop

A 3-mile loop, Crater Rim Trail traverses the edge of the Kilauea summit caldera from Uēkahuna to just past Keanakākoʻi Crater.

Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail
*Distance to Trailhead: 5.4 Miles - Trail Length: 1.1 Miles

This trail is an easy and charming 1.1-mile hike through meadowlands and old-growth forest.