Puu Loa Petroglyphs Trail

Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Puu Loa Petroglyphs Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This short hike takes you to a concentration of petroglyphs, which are symbols chipped into stone. Preliterate societies often made petroglyphs to record their presence, commemorate important occasions, work charms, or ask for the help of guardian spirits. Sometimes petroglyph fields are hard to get to, but the Park Service has built a trail and a walkway to help you see these petroglyphs.

From the marked trailhead, you bear west-southwest through a scrubby ohia forest. You follow cairns and lines of rocks in and out, up and down, over worn pahoehoe. The forest soon gives way to plain scrub, and the going is rather uninteresting for a time except for golden masses of Pele’s hair trapped in the lee of pahoehoe ripples and of weeds."

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40 minutes
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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