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Pu'u Huluhulu trail

Chain of Craters Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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CAPITOLA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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52 helpful votes 52 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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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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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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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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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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Ames, Iowa, USA
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

We did this trail yesterday and were a bit disappointed. The trail is well marked, wandering through the edge of a lava field and then up through a more tropical area to an overlook of a large cinder cone. We may have been spoiled by our earlier hike on the Kilauea Iki trail and hiking out to the lava flow,... More

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Lake Orion, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

I was sick on the trail, and still enjoyed it - so it must have been good!! Seriously, the trail is a great diversion in the park, and I think one of the highlights. The payoff at the end is really worth it. The trail itself starts at a small car park on the Chain of Craters Road. The walk... More

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Palm Coast, Florida
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

We followed the Pu'u Huluhulu trail in a search for geo-caching sites. Really nice hike but beware of the last few hundred feet as it gets pretty steep. View from the top is well worth the climb.

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