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Lava desert. Brutal. Be Prepared.

This hike defies ratings. It is tough, demanding, dangerous, and ends with a real payoff - a... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2016
coalharborvan
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vancouver
One does not simply walk into Mordor...

Hot. Rocky. Hot. Worth it. Taking the trail off of the coast was a dicey one due to the uneven... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2016
Tim W
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This intermediate to advanced scenic hiking trail was built over a lava flow that occurred in the late 1700s, making the trek somewhat rugged in certain sections.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good12%
  • Average37%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
23 May 2016
“Lava desert. Brutal. Be Prepared.”
4 Jan 2016
“One does not simply walk into Mordor...”
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Maui, HI
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

This hike defies ratings. It is tough, demanding, dangerous, and ends with a real payoff - a beautiful wild secluded black sand beach. Don't bother if you are physically or mentally weak, as you are taking a real risk. Out of shape don't bother,,,fit and...More

1  Thank coalharborvan
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Hot. Rocky. Hot. Worth it. Taking the trail off of the coast was a dicey one due to the uneven ground, but it was a unique and worthwhile hike to the next coast where there are swings and, if you're lucky, seals! Bring water!

1  Thank Tim W
Reviewed 29 December 2015

Drive as far south as you can and park beside beach then walk as far as comfortable along lava rocks and past lovely bays. If it's windy it's a nice relief as it can be very hot. Take extra water. Highly recommended.

Thank wordlywise
Reviewed 8 November 2015

Four stars for the interesting trail unlike anything that you probably have been on, two stars for the difficulty, heat and wind. Overall 3 stars. I thought that it would be interesting to take a hike on this old Hawaiian ‘Highway’ that once circled Maui....More

1  Thank Ono O
Reviewed 22 April 2015

I haven't been on this hike very recently but last time I went it was very hot. A lot of it has no shade and so be prepared with plenty of water and sun screen. If you walk across some of the lava you can...More

1  Thank jazz15
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Park in the La Perouse Bay lot. You can hike about 2/3 a mile that goes through woods into the start of the miles and miles of lava fields. Anything beyond this is a multi-day hike and you need to plan accordingly.

2  Thank petrod21
Reviewed 23 January 2012

This road was breathtaking. I live near the Smoky Mtns. and have enjoyed many beautiful drives around my area, but until I traveled down the King's Highway I had never before had my breath taken by such splendor. The road takes you along the coast,...More

3  Thank BrittanyGolden
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