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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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Crunchy and eerily intense

To see what happened here with the intense heat and unimpeded force of the lava is jaw dropping. Twisted trees and regrowth years later. I walked for a mile or so and saw quite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Madison Heights, Michigan
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Madison Heights, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

To see what happened here with the intense heat and unimpeded force of the lava is jaw dropping. Twisted trees and regrowth years later. I walked for a mile or so and saw quite a bit. I don't think I actually stayed on the trail all the way.

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Brisbane Australia
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21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an experience. We didn't stop to see this last time. So glad we did this time. The heat rising from the ground is pretty intense

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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

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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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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 

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 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 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 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 

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West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 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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206 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
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 

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