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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

Chain of Craters Rd., on left past mile marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Takes about 15-20 min to walk in and another 15-20 to walk out not to mention how much time you will spend looking at the petroglyphs. We saw people walking in about 30 min before sunset. If you don't bring a flashlight, you are going to have a real HARD time finding your way back.

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PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It's a lava field, people, and you have to walk .7mi to get to the petroglyphs. Wear sensible shoes and have a good sense of balance because the way is rocky and uneven. The path isn't well marked, but if you follow the built up piles of rocks, you'll make it there. Once there, keep to the wooden walkway and... More

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Palm Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The petroglyphs are interesting and the walk is just .7 miles each way. Come back the way you came after you get to the petroglyph field. There are just a few signs and a couple have fallen down. The Mauna Lani Resort, or whoever is responsible for maintaining this area, should get out there and fix things and empty the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Do not miss the petroglyphs in the lava field. It is a 1.7 mile hike from the road. Be on the lookout as you can see a few on your way there or back. Then head to the End of the Chain of Craters Road to see the lava flow of 2003.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I can't agree with those saying this is a "Quick" or "Easy" hike. Its 1.4 miles over lava rock. Hot and hard on the ankles! We got there and were underwhelmed by the number of recognizable petroglyphs. We could have saved the hike and just looked at the pictures others posted.

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Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you are already driving past this area on Chain of Craters Road, I would definitely recommend stopping and taking the 30-40 minutes to look at these petroglyphs...the walk is pretty easy, although it is over uneven hot black lava. Definitely take water it gets hot. I thought they were pretty neat, and feel it was well worth the few... More

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YORK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I liked knowing a bit about them before seeing them...knowing that this was a sacred site where people buried the umbilical cord of new borns made the small circles more meaningful

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Better things to see and do in the park. Underwhelmed with the petroglyphs and very little explanation.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We recently visited this. It is a great piece of history. The hike from the road seems much longer than .7 miles. It is over Lava Rock (not surprisingly). The hike itself is good. Once you reach the Petroglyphs themselves we were underwhelmed. Might be due to the longer than expected hike that we had higher expectations. If you have... More

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Wollongong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The walk to the petroglyths is a bit over 1 km, so takes around 15-20 minutes over fairly old lava flows, making it interesting in its own right. The main area of petroglyths is surrounded by a raised roughly circular boardwalk which is probably around 150 m in circumference. There are hundreds of the drawings to observe and the harshness... More

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