Puna Coast Trail
ElevationAscent: 182' 55 m
Descent: -280' -85 m
High: 137' 42 m
Low: 15' 5 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
Current trail conditions
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“This rugged and scenic route features lots of lava, clifftop travel, beaches, and possible sea life.”— Megan W
On the approach to Apua Point, the trail passes by some cattle yards made of piled lava stones. There is camping and a toilet available at Apua Point but no water catchment. Beware of the strong rip currents at Apua Point.
From Apua Point to Keauhou, cross multi-textured lava fields from the 1973 eruption and then dry, grassy terrain. The camping at Keauhou features some palm trees and ponds surrounded by jumbled rocks.
The section of trail between Keauhou Landing/Shelter and Halape Beach covers old lava interspersed with shrubs and grasses. Huge lava cairns mark the way. One large, rocky slope has an intricate and welcome path cut through it to ease travel. The high cliff in the distance forms the backdrop for the pretty white sand beaches of Halape and the backcountry campsites found there. This popular area has a pit toilet, lean-tos, a nearby sandy cove and brackish pools to explore.
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