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Distance

13.2 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Difficult

Δ Elevation (FT)

~275 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Topo Map

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Apua Point Trail

Hawaii | Hawaii Volcanoes

  • Fern in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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Notes

Apua Point Trail is a tough day hike or backpacking trip in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that few visitors ever see. Make sure to carry all of the water you will need and them some extra! There is no water available along this hike. The park says ʻApua Point is 6.6 miles from the Puʻu Loa Petroglyphs trailhead and along the south-facing shore of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The trailhead is about 140 ft above sea level and the trail gradually makes its way down to the ocean, mostly over smooth pahoehoe flows. Once you reach the sea you will pass an old goat corral/trap. The stone walls there may be your only chance for shade. From the corral you have to hike about two miles to ʻApua Point. These last two miles will take you along the coast over more pahoehoe flows, a couple hundred yards of aʻa flows, and through sandy dunes overgrown with naupaka. ʻApua has a small stand of coconut trees under which you may pitch a tent. Some of the tent sites have stone walls to shelter you from the wind." Hawaii Volcanoes has two campgrounds, the Namakanipaio and the Kulanaokuaiki.

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Entrance and Camping Fees, Backcountry Permit
Contact: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park 1 Crater Rim Drive Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

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