Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu to Halape Backpack Trail

Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu to Halape Backpack Trail

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."

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Trail Information

Hilo
Nearby City
16.75
Distance
2,656 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
8.5 hours
Duration
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Kau Desert
Local Maps

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