Hawaii Forest & Trail relaunches lava hike on the Big Island

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The hike takes visitors to the edge of the new lava flow near the southeastern boundary of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The hike takes visitors to the edge of the new lava flow near the southeastern boundary of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo Credit: Courtesy United States Geological Survey

Big Island activity provider Hawaii Forest & Trail has revived its Kilauea Lava Hike, guiding visitors out to a new lava flow stirring up all sorts of excitement near the southeastern boundary of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.



"There is no substitute for seeing lava firsthand," Rob Pacheco, Hawaii Forest & Trail founder and president, said in a statement. "It is an experience people never forget. We've been waiting for the position of the lava flow to shift and become accessible to hikers. Our experienced guides are thrilled to be able to accompany small groups out to see this natural wonder."

The 8- to 11-mile guided hike traverses "rugged lavascape," according to company officials, but does take guests to the edge of the new lava flow, which descended the Pulama Pali a couple weeks ago and was about half a mile from the ocean on Thursday.

The trek lasts about three-and-a-half hours from the trailhead, but Hawaii Forest & Trail provides shuttle pickups for clients at its Kona Headquarters, at the Queen's Market Place in Waikoloa Village, and in Hilo.

The all-day outing runs $192 a person for Kona-side pickups and $179 for those joining in Hilo. The tour also includes a local-style dinner in Hilo before driving folks back to the island's west side.

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