Sulphur Bank Trail

Volcano, Hawaii 96785

Sulphur Bank Trail

Sulphur Bank Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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.

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 westward along the edge of a grassy parkland with ohia and koa trees. The raised stone platform surrounded by ti plants is used for hula performances. Turn right and pass a few steam vents in a little patch of forest dense with uluhe fern, ginger, and roses, then emerge into a wasteland of gray and yellow. The noxious steam escaping from the vents tucked into the rock piles has deposited crystals of sulphur around their mouths that sparkle like jewels."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hawaii Trails: Walks, Strolls and Treks on the Big Island (Wilderness Press)
Kathy Morey
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"Sulphur Bank is set like a little piece of hell in the middle of the cool, green rainforest of Kilauea. Most of Kilauea’s steam vents lack the rotten-egg smell of hydrogen sulfide, which is so characteristic of many mainland hot springs. Sulphur Bank makes up for it. From the end of the Kilauea Visitor Center parking lot, you don’t cross Crater Rim Road. Instead, you pick up a path parallelling the road on the visitor-center side and follow it north-northwest, away from the visitor center and the adjacent art center. You pass koa trees and hapuu tree ferns. The trail remains fairly level as nearby Crater Rim Road begins to descend; a few roses and blackberries line the road’s edge here. The stone Kahua Hula Platform, surrounded by ti plants, is on your right." Read more
Hiking the Hawaiian Islands (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Volcano
Nearby City
0.7
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Year-Round
Season
Hawai'I Volcanoes National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Kilauea Crater
Local Maps

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Dec 2018