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Napau Crater Trail

Hawaii > The Big Island > Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Summary
Length14 mi
Elev. Gain700 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeView
The 12 mile stretched Chain of Craters Road was once buried in lava between 1969 and 1974.

The trail starts from a segment of the Chain of Craters Road and as it nears the forested Puu Huluhulu it crosses the smoother lava from a 1974 flow. The trail then passes under a 'perch pond' on Mauna Ulu's side. After crossing Puu Huluhulu, it travels along the bed of a lava channel. Then you go up the Alae Shield and go near the rim of the peak crater.

Follow the trail as it climbs down the Alae Shield and reach the Makaopuhi Crater across. From here the trail travels through a rain forest and at 0.5 mile you will come to the trail head for the Nulu Trail. You will pass through Ohia trees and tree ferns in the forest. The rainforest will open up a few times at places where the lava had burned down the trees. When you come near the end of the trail, it splits and you will find an ancient campground to the left and the Napau Crater which is the end, on the right.
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Best time to go
The best time to go is on one of the Tuesdays each month when the “After Dark in the Park” lectures take place.

Cost
$10 per car, All National Park Service passes accepted

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
19° 21.893' N
155° 12.911' W

Driving Directions:
You need to go to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park entrance and turn right to the Crater Rim Drive. Again turn left to Chain of Craters Road and after 3.5 miles, you will reach the Mauna Ulu parking lot.
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Weather Report for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI
Breezy. Mostly clear with isolated showers. Haze. Lows 52 to 73. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 72.9° F
Relative Humidity: 89%
Pressure: 29.96"
Dew Point: 69.4° F

Winds from the WSW at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.12"

Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 6:42 PM
Weather reported from Orchidland Estates, Keaau, HI (KHIKEAAU15)
Forecast
Thursday
Breezy. Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Haze. Highs 71 to 87. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows 51 to 72. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Friday
Breezy. Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Haze. Highs 71 to 87. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph in the morning. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows 51 to 72. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 8/23/2017 6:38 PM
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