My family loves to hike so we spent a bit more time than some at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and loved it! At the advice of a great Park Ranger we took a 6 mi. loop that combined Halema'uma'u Trail with the Kilauea Iki for a great hike. Start early -- cooler and you hit more traveled parts of the hike while bus groups are still eating breakfast. Get the map but hike was: Behind Crater House pick up Halema'uma'u to stop 10 (trail stops at 10 because of activity at Halema'uma'u vent. Trail takes you to Byron Ledge and you pick up the Kilauea Iki trail down into that crater (go counter clockwise). Then zip over to the lava tube and back to complete Iki trail to Crater Rim trail (and portions of old road -- time warp stuff there) to get back to visitors center. Besides the unique landscape of the crater (you see many various stages/types of lava flow) there were a number of fun, noisy and colorful birds and aromatic flowers!
We also enjoyed the 2.5 mi Mauna Ulu trail (although we got into a rain squall and didn't see much at top) and of course enjoyed all the quick stops at the vents/Crater of Rim Road and even took the Hilina Paili Road (9 mi)(and saw wild pigs) to view the park from many angles.
Don't miss going back at night to see the steam vent glow! We went many times and each night it was quite different based on wind/rain/clear sky.
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