Mauna Loa Trail to Red Hill Cabin Backpack

Hilo, Hawaii 96721

Mauna Loa Trail to Red Hill Cabin Backpack

Mauna Loa Trail to Red Hill Cabin Backpack Professional Guide

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"Those who yearn to hike on Mauna Loa but who fear they may suffer altitude sickness if they risk going all the way to the summit or if they attempt the Observatory Trail hikes may enjoy going partway, to the Red Hill Cabin at 10,035 feet. You leave the parking area, such as it is, and bear west-southwest down the steep old road.

In just a few steps, you reach a fork; go left here. You continue to descend steeply to moderately between veritable walls of tall, dense grasses, past avocado, mango, koa haole festooned with morning glory vines, tamarind, monkeypod, and papaya trees. Your route is paralleled on the left by a wire fence and a stone wall, half-lost in the dense growth."

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Hiking the Hawaiian Islands (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"The hike to Red Hill Cabin is the first leg on the journey to the top of Mauna Loa, though it’s well worth the effort as a final destination in itself. There are great views out over Kilauea and Halema’uma’u Craters all the way to the sea, where Pu’u O’o" Read more

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Trail Information

Hilo
Nearby City
15
Distance
3,373 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
11-12 hours
Duration
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Kipuka Pakekake
Local Maps