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15.5 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~2500 (+)

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Halape via the Keauhou Trail

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Halape via the Keauhou Trail is a tough day hike or backpacking trip in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that winds through spectacular scenery. The trailhead is located off Chain of Craters Road. The park says "Halape is located on the southern seacoast of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park and is a favored destination of hearty wilderness hikers. The campsite is 7.7 miles from the closest trailhead. The hike to Halape is a grueling, hot hike through predominately non-native grasses to a small sandy beach where hikers may pitch their tents near the swaying coconut trees." Also the Park Service warns "in the Ka'u Desert and coastal areas west of Ka'aha, there may be unexploded WWII ammunition. If you should see any, DO NOT TOUCH IT. Report the location to rangers." 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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