Located in Hawaii, the hiking in Big Island offers over ten good trail hike destinations. The best Big Island hiking based on popularity are considered to be HiIlawe Falls, Mauna Loa Trail, Kahaualea Trail, Kulani Forest Trail System, and Napau Crater Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Big Island hiking trail below.
Southwest of Hilo in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, the Mauna Loa Trail, a 36 mile route up 6,600 feet to the 13,677 summit from rainforest to snowcap. This is typically a 3 day hike with a moderate grade and ocean vistas. The route runs through volcanic landscape with jagged lava fields and big lava tubes.
Southwest of Hilo in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, the Napau Crater Trail (aka Mauna Ulu Trail) is an adventurous route to the Puu Oo Vent, which is the center of the current eruption. This 18 mile round trip hike will require all day.
Southwest of Waimea on the Big Island, the 1,600 acre Kekaka Kai (aka Kona Coast) State Park has a historic 4.5 mile hike through wilderness on a coastal trail call Ala Kahaka. The route summits Puu Ku'ili (a 342 cinder cone) on the way to Kua Bay.
North of Waimea and southeast of Kapaau on the Big Island, the Pololu Valley Trail (aka Awini Trail) is a scenic valley from the lookout down into the valley floor on the ocean coast. Expect to find lush jungle and waterfalls.
Southwest of Hilo in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Kilauea Crater Rim Trail is a great 3.6 mile hike that combines road with rim-side trail. Starting hiking from the Visitor Center on Crater Rim Drive heading south towards the Steam Vents.