Mauna Iki Trail
ElevationAscent: 316' 96 m
Descent: -138' -42 m
High: 3,199' 975 m
Low: 3,007' 916 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)
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“A trail for those craving solitude, immense lava landscapes, and neat volcanic formations.”— Megan W
From its intersection with the Ka'u Desert Trail, the Mauna Iki Trail branches off to the northeast over barren, desolate terrain. When there is no vegetation or wildlife, you have to be creative and find enjoyment in the wondrous lava formations and textures along the route. Follow lava rock pile cairns and stone pathways to stay on track through the monotonous lava fields.
Eventually the views improve, and you'll see the crumpled Cone Crater in the distance. Soon the undulating trail passes near the colorful and surprisingly deep Twin Pit Craters. The trail eventually visits Mauna Iki, a small version of the giant Mauna Loa volcano to the north. Mauna Iki erupted in 1919 and 1920. The path ends at the Hilina Pali Road near the Kulanaokuaiki Campground.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park