Mauna Loa Trail is one of the most famous trails in the volcano
area. The round trip hike to the summit takes 2-3 days. For
regular tourists, a round trip of 4-5 hours hiking on this trail
is recommended (the stretch before the 9000 feet maker). The
first stretch of the Mauna Loa Trail passes though an old native
dry-land forest dominated by Koa and Ohia trees. Enjoy the Ohia,
pukiawe and ohelo berry shrubs on the trail! From the trail, there
are bird views of Kilauea Crater, Halemaumau fire pit, Kilauea Visitor
Center, Volcano House and the rest of the Volcano area.
The slopes of Mauna Loa are a trekker’s paradise. The 18-mile
hike to the summit of Mauna Loa (13,679 feet) is challenging but
very rewarding. The summit provides panoramic views of beautiful
Mauna Loa. Most hikers spend the first night at Red Hill Cabin (10,035
feet/ 4039 m) and proceed to the summit Mauna Loa Cabin on the second
day. The round trip hike to the summit takes at least 3 days and
should only be attempted by the experienced and well-prepared hikers.