Napau Crater Trail to Puu Huluhulu

Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Napau Crater Trail to Puu Huluhulu

Napau Crater Trail to Puu Huluhulu Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This moderate jaunt takes you past lava trees and up a rainforest- clad cinder cone, Puu Huluhulu. At its top, there’s an outstanding viewpoint over the eerie remains of the landscape ravaged during the 1969–1974 eruption. You can see Mauna Ulu (a small shield volcano built on Kilauea’s east rift by that eruption) as well as the landscape the eruption spared.

The Naulu Trail trailhead is across the Chain of Craters Road from Ke Ala Komo Picnic Area, by an inconspicuous marker in a weedy aa field. Zigzag through the aa, on which aalii, kupukupu ferns, Indian pluchea, and lantana have found footholds. These pioneering species recolonize and reclaim a landscape devastated by a lava flow."

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1/22/2008
Since July 2007 this has become the trail that comes closest to the lava flows. It still give a great view of the lava flows (although don't expect to find any of Pele's hair). We still enjoy it. If you want to get close to the lava, the trail extends 3-4 more miles (one way) to the closest allowed, but the view from the first hill is fairly impressive.
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Trail Information

Hilo
Nearby City
2.33
Distance
220 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Makaopuhi Crater
Local Maps

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