North Pit Junction to Mauna Loa Cabin

Waimea, Hawaii 96796

North Pit Junction to Mauna Loa Cabin

North Pit Junction to Mauna Loa Cabin Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"If you decide to push on past North Pit, you can spend the night in a comfortable (if Spartan) cabin, or camp under the stars at the rim of Moku’aweoweo crater at the top of the world’s biggest volcano. This is the only place near the summit of the mountain with shelter and (sometimes) water. It’s only 2.1 miles from North Pit and only 5.9 miles from the Observatory Trailhead, but it will seem longer.

Read the entries in the logbook at the cabin if you think you’re the only person to ever have felt this tired . . . and triumphant. If you have the time (and adequate water) this is a good place to settle in for two nights and make the 8.4-mile round-trip trek to the actual summit and back as a day hike."

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Trail Information

Waimea
Nearby City
2.1
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
1.5 to 2.5 hours
Duration
Spring, summer, fall
Season
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Pu'u Ula'ula
Local Maps