Makaopuhi Crater Loop via Nāpau Crater Trail

based on 12 tracks & routes #5 hike out of 27 in
8.2 mi
4 hrs 56 min
561 ft
Elev Gain


This is a difficult out and back trail to Makaopuhi Crater in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

This hike is through wilderness area and follows the east rift of Kilauea Volcano. The rift is a weak section which may erupt at anytime. Check usgs/ for current update of the volcano before your hike.

Much of the hike is upon a fairly recent lava eruption (1969-1974). There are sections that hike through an older forest and scenic views of Makaopuhi crater. The eruption partially filled the west side of the crater.

Getting Started

The hike begins from the Mauna Ulu parking lot.

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