The trail heads south through pioneer ohia forest, brush and grassland
in the direction of Volcano Village. It passes over the 1855 & 1881
lava flows and through several kipuka of mixed native species and older
koa. Hikers may return by way of Powerline Road, a hunter access road
which intersects the trail at the 3.7 mile point and rejoins Saddle
Road about 0.5 mi. closer to Hilo. An interesting nature hike through a
variety of mostly native vegetation, Pu`u O`o Trail offers birders the
opportunity to see I`iwi, `Apapane, `Amakihi, Elapio, `O`mao, `Io,
Akiapola`au and Nene. It was pioneered by early cattle ranchers to
drive their stock to embarkation points on the coast. Rain, fog and
cool temperatures are common.
head is identified by a sign on the south side of Saddle Road (Hwy 200)
approximately 22.4 mi. from Hilo. Parking is limited.
bird hunting is allowed, so wear brightly colored clothing for safety.
The trail can be difficult to follow where it crosses lava flows,
especially in daily fog. Cold climate with rain and fog.
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.
For more information http://www.hawaiitrails.org/home.asp