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Address: Saddle Road, near mile marker 22, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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6 Mile Round Trip Walk to See Not Much Really

The security was nice and polite and encouraged us to walk the 3 miles in and out to see the lava running down the side of the mountain into the ocean. They open only at 3pm and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 July 2016
Vegasjoe57
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

The security was nice and polite and encouraged us to walk the 3 miles in and out to see the lava running down the side of the mountain into the ocean. They open only at 3pm and charge nothing. Residents have free reign to come and go in their vehicles as they wish, shooting up a cloud of dust for... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

First things first -- we left nothing in our car at the parking lot and we left the doors unlocked. We were warned in advance by a "local" that this parking lot is notorious for break ins, and the piles of window glass on the ground seemed to verify this concern. That said, this hike will give you a real... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

This hike is amazing!!! I highly recommend checking it out!! It's a short drive from Hilo, the entrance is in between mile markers 22/23. There's a sign that says Pu'u O'o and a small gravel parking lot! The trail is about 8miles and alternates between lava beds and forest. I'd suggest wearing sturdy hiking shoes/boots...there's lots of uneven rocks and... More 

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Tarrytown, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

Three friends and I hiked the trail in perfect weather. It was mildly overcast and not too hot and sunny for what was over an 8 mile trek. The trail is well marked with Ahu (stone pillars). It goes from the desolation of lava fields from the 1855 and 1881 flows to the kipukas (jungle islands) dense with vegetation that... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Mixed emotions with this trail. The experience was educational to say the least, but only because of the things I learned for myself, as this is not a guided trail. Its not even tended by anyone except for hunters, so don't expect a smooth trail. In fact, if you want to learn what spider webs taste like then this one... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

The trailhead off the saddle road is just beyond mile marker 22; there is a small sign and parking area. Be prepared with sun protection and water as much of the trail is in the open. Wear good shoes or hiking boots. The first quarter mile can be a bit off putting as there is lots of loose lava gravel... More 

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Bedworth, Warwickshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

A total must to visit to walk on new land and see all the amazing sights around here is truly breath taking

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

This is a great off the beaten path kind of hike. If your interested in native plants and birds, you will love it. The trail is very well marked with ahu (cairns or stacked rocks). If unfamiliar, i would stay on the trail. It looks like you could get lost pretty easily. Not too many visitors ever see or explore... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

We saw the flash of light at sunset and learned about that days later. Walked and hung out about 2 or more hours and left right after sunset. Got some wonderful photos too. We highly suggest this area.

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Waimea, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

The trail head is off Saddle Road, a short distance from the Mauna Kea Access Road. Whether you want to hike 30 minutes or 4 hours, this is very scenic and not very difficult. The trail alternates between lava beds and tropical forests. Wonderful! Carry water and take snacks and sun screen.

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