ElevationAscent: 954' 291 m
Descent: -951' -290 m
High: 3,947' 1,203 m
Low: 3,201' 976 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
“Excellent blend of downhill and climbing. Scenic as the trail heads from lush fern forest to lava fields.”— Sean Yarbenet
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
There is one small gate that is sometimes locked -- this is for wild pigs. Go ahead and climb over it if the lock is on. At the bottom, you'll come to a parking lot that takes you to the main road. As you climb the main road back, you can take a break at multiple calderas from previous flows. Not many mountain bike trails in the world are like this; you really gain an appreciation for Mother Nature and the sub-geological activities of our planet riding this active volcano.
When riding this trail, you can go in either direction. My recommendation is to park outside the park and descend, then climb back up using the road. Then as the road gets more difficult, cutting back onto the Jeep doubletrack. This can be done at Thurston Lava Tube or other small eastern-facing trails from the paved road.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park