Puʻu Huluhulu Trail

Trail in Mauna Loa Forest Reserve


  • Directions

    Geolocation is not allowed
  • Distance

    0.99 miles


A short double loop trail, constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps, encircles both crests of the hill. The trail provides an excellent opportunity to view native plants and birds which wer once abundant prior to the introduction of livestock and the lava flows of 1843 & 1935 in the area. The top of the puʻu (cinder cone) makes an excellent picnic site and provides panoramic views of the area. No open fires are allowed. The trail is short, easily traversed and ideal for youngsters on a day's outing.

Part of the Hawai‘i Island Birding Trail (see link below)

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Point: 6,758 ft.

Lowest Point: 6,560 ft.

Allowed Activities
Rifle Hunting
Wildlife Watching
Rules & Regulation
No Biking
No Motorized
Allowed Access

Additional Information


  • No Bicycles
  • No Commercial
  • No Littering
  • No Motorized Vehicles
  • No Open Fires
  • No Plant Sand Dirt Rock Removal
  • No Rock Climbing
  • No Smoking

Simple Trail Tips

  1. Stay on the trail 
  2. Check the weather 
  3. Watch the time 
  4. Avoid undue risk 
  5. Read all posted signs 
  6. Respect other trail users 
  7. Pack out at least what you pack in


  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pedestrian
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife Viewing


  • Dangerous Cliff
  • Falling Rocks
  • High Elevation
  • Hunting Area
  • Sun Exposure


  • Cultural Study
  • Nature Study
  • Open Views
  • Scenic Viewpoint
  • Sensitive Area


  • Parking
  • Restroom

Special Conditions

Seasonal bird hunting is allowed, so wear brightly colored clothing for safety. Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk. Downloadable resources are provided below.


Access at junction of Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Hwy 200) and Mauna Loa Observatory Access Road, 27.7 mi. from Hilo. Park in front of hunter check station.