The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most popular places to hike in the United States. With its diverse landscapes and variety of trails, there is something for everyone. From short walks to longer multi-day hikes, there are plenty of options to choose from. There are many different types of terrains on the big island, including lava fields, rainforests, beaches, and more. The volcanoes that make up the island offer some of the most unique hiking experiences in the world. There are also many waterfalls and other natural attractions that can be found along the trails. Whether you're looking for an easy walk or a challenging hike, the Big Island offers something for everyone.
Below, are some of the best hikes on the island that we have come to respect and enjoy:
!. Kilauea Iki Trail: This trail is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and offers views of the Kilauea volcano. It is 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) long and can be done as a day hike or an overnight backpacking trip.
2. Mauna Kea Summit Trail: This trail is also located in Hawaii National Park and leads to the summit of Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawaii. It is 13 miles (21 kilometers) long and should only be attempted by experienced hikers.
3. Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail: This 175-mile (282-kilometer) trail runs along the coast of the Big Island and passes through many different types of terrain, including lava fields and rainforests. It can be done as a day hike or an extended backpacking trip.
4. Pololu Valley Lookout: This trail is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and offers views of the Pololu Valley. It is 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) long and can be done as a day hike.
5. Waimanu Valley Trail: This trail located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and leads to the remote Waimanu valley. It is 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) long and can be done as an overnight backpacking trip.
When hiking on the Big Island, it is important to be prepared for the conditions. The island's weather can be unpredictable, so bringing appropriate clothing and supplies is important. Be sure to check the forecast before heading out on your hike. Also, be aware of the island's terrain and hazards, such as lava fields and cliffs. Be sure to hike with a partner and let someone know where you are going. Hiking on theBig Island can be an unforgettable experience, so get out there and explore. Be certain that you have charged your cell phone as well. Enjoy the hike, life is short so we make the most of it.
Additional Resources for Hiking:
All Trails - Hawaii Big Island Hikes
Frommers - Big Island Hawaii Hikes
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