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Pu'u Huluhulu trail

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Address: Chain of Craters Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Prepare to get in and out of your car ALOT

This was the drive down to the arch. We stopped a ton of times and took a ton of photos. It was great to be able to see lava up close and personal as well as get on it and touch... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was the drive down to the arch. We stopped a ton of times and took a ton of photos. It was great to be able to see lava up close and personal as well as get on it and touch it and feel it. It was great!

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Port Townsend
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stop by the visitors center to get the Mauna Ulu Eruption Guide before you go. It's especially helpful when you are at the top of Pu'u Huluhulu and see the lava mesa and the old sign that points to two cinder cones that can no longer be seen, and doesn't point to Mauna Ulu because it wasn't there in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I agree with some of the other reviewers in that it would be easy to get lost. We had a self-guide tour book and knew about how the trails are marked by rock piles, but at the beginning of the trail we didn't know which way to go right away. Anyway, lots of various kinds of lava around to see... More 

Thank UncleCharlie
Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

First off, this is the Pu'u Huluhulu nature trail that is on the Saddle Road. This is the only place I could put this review. The nature trail goes up a cinder cone at the corner of the Saddle Road and the Maunaloa access road, near the John Burns Way. It is a nice hike to stop at while traversing... More 

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Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The first part of this hike is hot but you get to see a sweet massive fissure before you head through some cool lava ponds and a little forest here and there...and some lava trees, too. The last 1/4 mile is an uphill switch back trail but isn't difficult at all. At the top there is a lookout that has... More 

Thank Sarah C
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We stopped here on our way down Chain of Craters Road, not intending to do a hike - but found ourselves wandering around the lava field fascinated by the formations, especially once we found the 1969 fissure. It was raining quite heavily, & we were a bit short of time so didn't stay long - but even if you can't... More 

Thank itchyfeet35
West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I'm glad to see we're not the only people that started this trail where the trailhead is located and wound up lost, wandering around a lava field for 20 minutes. This lava field looks the same in every direction and if we didn't have a mountain to our right, I don't know if we would have found our way out.... More 

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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We enjoyed this trail very much as we felt like last people in the world- it was completely deserted (we were there in the afternoon). Be careful, it's not difficult to get lost- actually, we did for a short time and the terrain out of the trail is pretty dangerous and demanding. Fortunatelly, it happened at the beginning of our... More 

Thank Stepanka40
Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We did this hike with our two young kids (ages 5 + 7) and my 75 y.o. mother-in-law. We had some initial trouble finding the trail beyond the trail head so look for the totems and the rocks that have NPS markings on them. The guide book/map is essential for this trail. But once you figure that out, this trail... More 

Thank Aristotlenova
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Stopped here because it had just stopped raining! Very interesting trail, especially if you buy the trail guide and read the info. As of May 2015 someone had put up some fake trail markers (cairns of rock), so watch for and follow the 'worn' trail in the lava near the parking lot or you could get disoriented. The trail goes... More 

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