Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu to Halape Backpack Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The coves at Halape are considered the best along Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Puna-Kau coast for scenery and for snorkeling. Halape is an extremely popular destination! (Please review the special hiking hints at the end Day 1 (71/2 miles).
You begin in a pleasant, open forest but soon curve around the mountain, descend a little, and emerge into a lavaand- scrub landscape of pukiawe, aalii, oheo, a few mamane, ohia, kukaenene, and bracken fern. The trail is generally very rough, and you need to watch your footing. On a clear morning, it’s not long before you can make out Kilauea far below to the south and southeast."