Hiking The Mauna Loa Trail
The 3rd most popular hiking trail in Hawaii.
Tuesday 26 July 2016 03:23 GMT
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. There are two types of lava along the way: Pahoehoe lava with a firm and solid footing, and A a lava which has variable and unpredictable footing.
The trail begins at the end of Mauna Loa Road (about 7.5 miles up from Saddle Road), and there is a mid-camp at Red Hill Cabin (Puu Ulaula Rest House) at 10,035 (first-come, first-serve).
Be prepared for rain, snow, severe cold, wind and intense sun.
Overall, Mauna Loa Trail is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 45 hikes in Hawaii. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Mauna Loa Trail including HiIlawe Falls, Kulani Forest Trail System, Napau Crater Trail, Ala Kahakai Trail, Muliwai Trail / Waimanu Valley and Pololu Valley TrailKilauea Crater Park.