We went through here during a tour that left from Hilo and we really enjoyed it. We got to see some of the more recent lava flows which were really unique.
First things first -- we left nothing in our car at the parking lot and we left the doors unlocked. We were warned in advance by a "local" that this parking lot is notorious for break ins, and the piles of window glass on the ground seemed to verify this concern. That said, this hike will give you a real... 更多
Three friends and I hiked the trail in perfect weather. It was mildly overcast and not too hot and sunny for what was over an 8 mile trek. The trail is well marked with Ahu (stone pillars). It goes from the desolation of lava fields from the 1855 and 1881 flows to the kipukas (jungle islands) dense with vegetation that... 更多
Mixed emotions with this trail. The experience was educational to say the least, but only because of the things I learned for myself, as this is not a guided trail. Its not even tended by anyone except for hunters, so don't expect a smooth trail. In fact, if you want to learn what spider webs taste like then this one... 更多
The trailhead off the saddle road is just beyond mile marker 22; there is a small sign and parking area. Be prepared with sun protection and water as much of the trail is in the open. Wear good shoes or hiking boots. The first quarter mile can be a bit off putting as there is lots of loose lava gravel... 更多
The trail head is off Saddle Road, a short distance from the Mauna Kea Access Road. Whether you want to hike 30 minutes or 4 hours, this is very scenic and not very difficult. The trail alternates between lava beds and tropical forests. Wonderful! Carry water and take snacks and sun screen.
We loved being so close to the Lava viewing region and Kahonua Hale is by far the most beautiful vacation rental home. The owner and property manager are always there for us. Call them at 808-960-1926.
We only went a couple miles along this trail, but it was a highlight for me. Incredibly raw experience looking into the pit of the volcano, a sea of fresh lava rock surrounding, and steam blowing out of the vents.