Red Hill Cabin to North Pit Junction

Waimea, Hawaii

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This is the second leg of the Mauna Loa Trail, leading to a campsite at a major trail junction. From the junction you can continue on in one direction to the Mauna Loa cabin (2.1 miles; 13,250 feet) or head off in the opposite direction to the official summit of the mountain (2.6 miles; 13,677 feet). If you want to see both, the best plan is to head to the cabin, spend two nights there, and day hike to the summit and back without a pack. That said, you have already seen the best of the mountain on your way to North Pit. The trails to both the cabin and the summit are more of the same, but with rougher footing, so many hikers go to North Pit, count it as the top, and turn around.
Hiking the Hawaiian Islands

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Hiking the Hawaiian Islands

by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)

This is the second leg of the Mauna Loa Trail, leading to a campsite at a major trail junction. From the junction you can continue on in one direction to the Mauna Loa cabin (2.1 miles; 13,250 feet) or head off in the opposite direction to the official summit of the mountain (2.6 miles; 13,677 feet).

If you want to see both, the best plan is to head to the cabin, spend two nights there, and day hike to the summit and back without a pack. That said, you have already seen the best of the mountain on your way to North Pit. The trails to both the cabin and the summit are more of the same, but with rougher footing, so many hikers go to North Pit, count it as the top, and turn around.

©  Suzanne Swedo /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Waimea
Distance: 9.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Contacts: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Local Maps: USGS Pu'u Ula'ula
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Hill Cabin to North Pit Junction

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May 2018