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Distance

14 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Strenuous

Δ Elevation (FT)

~1300 (+)

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

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Napau Trail

Hawaii | Hawaii Volcanoes

  • Hiking the Napau Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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Napau Trail is a tough day hike or backpacking trip in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that weaves through truly stunning scenery. The park says this hike follows "the East Rift Zone of Kīlauea, the Nāpau Trail provides opportunities for hikers to experience a diversity of environments in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The 14 mile round trip (7 + hours) hike is through varied terrain ranging from recent lava flows to dense tree fern rainforests. Your destination is Nāpau Crater where hikers may gaze at Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent steaming and fuming in the distance. The Nāpau Trail passes through lava flows from the Mauna Ulu eruptions. Mauna Ulu (Lit. growing mountain), a recently formed shield volcano, erupted from 1969 through 1974 leaving an altered landscape of incredibly fascinating geologic features. Trekking over lava rivers and through lava channels, appreciating the fragile beauty of lava trees, peering into pit craters, and imagining a time when molten rock once sloshed like water in a perched lava pond, hikers will find that this trail offers an experience for all to enjoy." The trailhead is located at the Mauna Ulu parking area, 3.5 miles down the Chain of Craters Road. Alos, there is a campground and pit toilet at the end of the trail. 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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