Puna Kau Trail to Keauhou Shelter Backpack

Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Puna Kau Trail to Keauhou Shelter Backpack

Puna Kau Trail to Keauhou Shelter Backpack Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Those with a yen to camp and sun at a wilderness beach may find Keauhou and the two other wilderness beach camping areas along this coast, Halape and Kaaha—formerly Kalue—to their liking. Then, again, they may not; see the Puna-Kau Coast cautions, below. The Puna Kau Trail is the best way to get to both Keauhou and Halape, I think. Day 1 (63/4 miles): Follow the trail south, then southwest over alternating bare lavas and vegetated kipukas to a junction with the Keauhou Trail at 2 miles.

One hopes that now that this is the preferred route to Keauhou, it will be better maintained than formerly! Turn left (south) here on the Keauhou Trail to make a steady, hot, shadeless descent on the pali on a rough trail that may sometimes be overgrown. In a little over 43/4 more miles, you reach Keauhou Shelter. A layover day here will allow you to visit Halape. Or continue to Halape instead of staying at Keauhou (almost 81/2 miles)."

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Trail Information

Hilo
Nearby City
18
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
13.5 hours
Duration
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Makaopuhi Crater
Local Maps

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