Sulphur Bank Trail

Pahoa, Hawaii

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Stroll through an eerie, evil-smelling landscape of barren boulders where minerals from steaming volcanic vents have deposited exquisite yellow crystals among the nooks and crannies. Even in a place like Volcanoes Park, with all its geologic activity, there is no place anywhere else quite like this. The hike starts conveniently right from the visitor center, so don’t miss it. Stay away if you have respiratory problems, though. Begin at a set of interpretive signs with a map of trails in the area, overlooked by a massive, somewhat abstract sculpture of Pele. The direction to the Sulphur Bank is marked and the path parallels the highway along the edge of a grassy park with ohia and koa trees. The raised stone platform surrounded by ti plants is for hula performances. Turn right and pass a few steam vents in a little patch of forest dense with uluhe (false staghorn fern), ginger, and roses, then emerge into a wasteland of gray and yellow.

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"Stroll through an eerie, evil-smelling landscape of barren boulders where minerals from steaming volcanic vents have deposited exquisite yellow crystals among the nooks and crannies. Even in a place like Volcanoes Park, with all its geologic activity, there is no place anywhere else quite like this. The hike starts conveniently right from the visitor center, so don’t miss it. Stay away if you have respiratory problems, though.

Begin at a set of interpretive signs with a map of trails in the area, overlooked by a massive, somewhat abstract sculpture of Pele. The direction to the Sulphur Bank is marked and the path parallels the highway along the edge of a grassy park with ohia and koa trees. The raised stone platform surrounded by ti plants is for hula performances. Turn right and pass a few steam vents in a little patch of forest dense with uluhe (false staghorn fern), ginger, and roses, then emerge into a wasteland of gray and yellow."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pahoa
Distance: 0.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Local Maps: USGS Kilauea Crater
Driving Directions: Directions to Sulphur Bank Trail

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May 2018