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Pu'u Huluhulu trail

Chain of Craters Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

So much to see. A geologists dream, in fact we met one on the trail. It's like a walk through prehistoric Times, you can almost feel the lava flows.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I decided to take this trail after a park ranger said it was her favourite trail. I bought the Mauna Ulu Eruption Guide for $2 describing the route. For me the best part of the trail was the short 0.1 mile 1969 Eruption Fissure trail which could so easily be missed if you do not have the guide. At the... More

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Chicago
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635 reviews 635 reviews
140 attraction reviews
446 helpful votes 446 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The hike is over lava fields with some amazing, picturesque views. My only issue is that the path markers are rather difficult to see at times. However, the fact that the path is rather obscure made the hike a little more adventuresome. A nice hike even for... More

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CAPITOLA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

At the end of this trail, you can see both erupting craters, Halema`uma`u Crater and Pu u oo (sp?) crater, and Mauna Loa, as well as Mauna Ulu, which created the lava bed that you walk through to get to the view point. Get the trail guide for $2 at the start to learn about what you're walking through, makes... More

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We really liked this hike. There were lots of amazing views! I have a husband whose middle name is danger and he took us off trail to hike to a nearby cynder cone. It was dangerous but worth the view at the same time.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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96 reviews 96 reviews
14 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

A short trip through forest and across lava flows then up an old crater to a lookout post. From the lookout (on a clear day) you can see the active vent (ou ou something or other) on the side of the mountain. The lava is miles away but you can see smoke and that good stuff. Mostly flat with all... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Make sure you take LOTS of water on this hike. You get a tree-reprieve a couple of times, but mostly you are walking on lava rock and even the November sun was hot. The views are stunning all around. Spend $2 on a guidebook and read the trail markers as you go along. It made the walk more pleasant to... More

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Alberta
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

The name of this old tree-covered crater means Hairy Hill. because there's a Hairy Hill in my home province, I had to see it. This trail is not too long, and has decent views from the summit. It also has "lava trees" where the cast of a burnt away tree trunk is preserved by the lava that flowed against it... More

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Klickitat, Washington
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13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The trip to Pu'u Huluhulu by itself is a 5 star rating, but we went the entire length of the Napau Trail so I dropped it to a 4 star. A group of us went in July 2012 after a Mauna Loa Summit venture and enjoyed this hike more. The trail takes off from a side road/parking area just off... More

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Mount Desert, Maine
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8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Wow, I wasn't disappointed at all! This trail takes you through an old lava field where lots of ferns and other plants are growing up through the cracks. You see both pahoehoe and a'a lava, tree molds, and a kipuka or patch of forest spared by the flow. Lots of ohi'a trees, birds and sunshine, not a lot of shade.... More

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