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Address: Chain of Craters Rd., on left past mile marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI

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A nice discovery when we drive along Crate Rim Drive

We saw Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs hiking trail sign when we drove along Crate Rim Drive. On the trail, you can closely see the different formation of lava and carvings from Hawaiian... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Janetwang38
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Richmond Hill, Canada
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Munster, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of the short walks off Crater Rim Dr. Once there, there is a boardwalk, with signage, surrounding the petroglyphs.

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We saw Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs hiking trail sign when we drove along Crate Rim Drive. On the trail, you can closely see the different formation of lava and carvings from Hawaiian ancesters which is amazing. I took many pictures there.

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Thank Janetwang38
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really cool to see. Easy hike but longer than expected. I suggest learning what the glyphs are and then looking for specific carvings. Personally I look for fish and fisherman. Learning the local history and culture is a perfect fit to the spectacular natural environment.

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Ajax
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This would not be my first hike recommendation in the park. There are much better ones. This one goes out to the the petroglyphs which are interesting but not thrilling like others.

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Thank Davidtisme
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The drawings are ok but nothing too spectacular or fancy. Now, the history behind the place, the reason why there are so many little holes in the rocks in unusual and much more interesting - to me - than the drawings. It's a quick walk from the car park though. The whole thing should be done in 30minutes if you... More 

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Eagle, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

from the road. But it is a trail through the lava field. Still, its an easy hike from most people and has interpretive signs to enhance your knowledge of the ancient Hawaiians and their culture. Very little shade as it is a lava field, and don't forget to bring a bottle of water. Very interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Worth the 1.4 mile hike over a lava field. 23,000 plus petroglyphs etched into a'a. Sand in your shoes. Bring water. Just when you think you have walked enough, it is just up the hill. Need a bench placed about 1/2 way in.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Great petroglyphs but if you get a guide you get to see/understand a LOT more. Very little protection from wind or sun can be found there so be ready. Not very long so take a gander.

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Silver Spring, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This hike is located near the end of Chain of Craters Road and is the Petroglyph Trail...about 1.4 miles total. The hike is mostly up and down a rocky area...definitely not smooth and paved...so wear decent shoes. It's not always clear if you are on the trail, so keep looking for the flat sand areas and then a pile of... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The trail out to the site is not easy but worth the effort. The trail is not real marked but keep heading for the next pile of rocks and you will get there. The symbols are on both sides of the walk around and even before you get to the walkaround structure. Not sure why they thought writing in hot... More 

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