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Pu'u 'O'o Trail

Saddle Road, near mile marker 22, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #20 of 39 attractions in Hilo
Type: Hiking Trails
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Simi Valley, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The trail was wonderful, lots of lava and plants. Real nice hike...........................................................

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Lava viewing is illegal as area around Kahaualea is closed to hikers and commercial activity. Signs are posted at Trail Head, Barrier also constructed. These may have been torn down by vandals. Parked cars are targeted by thieves evident by broken glass and subsequent police reports and community watch information.

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Olympia, Washington
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115 reviews 115 reviews
36 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This trail leads to kipukas where some of Hawaii's native landbirds still thrive. A moderate walk over uneven ground requires care. Birds are not always easy to see, a guide is recommended.

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Let me start off by saying that after reading some of the other reviews not sure where they started or went to. This trail starts off of Saddle Road, the "parking lot" is between mile marker 22 and 23 on the left if you are coming from Hilo. The round trip mileage we did was about 11 miles. It starts... More

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you can't get to Hakalau Forest, this is also an excellent place to see 'apapane, i'iwi, and possibly the 'aki. Very interesting hike over lava fields.

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san jose, ca
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We went 3 times! There is a completely magical atmosphere, especially in the mist and fog. We found many of the endemic forest birds here, and found the experience to be very special.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

I started this trail and it didn't take me long to realize that the directions in the guide books were wrong. I decided not to chance it and took a helicopter flight with Blue Hawaiian instead.

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Camdenton, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I hope this is the correct page to review the hike with David Ewing. The hike begins at his home, built on the lava! We had Stacy as our guide the evening we went and on the hike out she shared interesting facts about the lava and the volcano. The hike over the old lava is not an easy one.... More

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Longmont, CO
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Long drive to get there, but definitely a site to remember! Broght home tons of gorgeous pictures and lovely memories.

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San Diego, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This review is for the trail leading to the base of the source of the current lava flow - Pu'u O'o crater/vent. It's called Captain's Trail, and it is one of the top adventures detailed in the Big Island Revealed book, as well as the review below in January 2013. First off, the trail is officially closed by the County/State... More

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