In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe—all outings are suspended through August 31.
Stay tuned for updates on the return of outings and events at sc.org/2WaA4GB
Outings are conducted in accordance with Sierra Club outing policies. Participants need to recognize the authority of the leader and plan to remain with the group for the entire outing. Sierra Club carries no participant accident insurance. In order to participate in one of Sierra Club’s outings, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to the outing, please click here or email program.safety@
In the interest of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make car-pooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.
The Moku Loa (Hawaii Island) Group Outings are now subject to “ROD Protocol” which asks participants of hikes in ‘ōhi‘a forest to wear clean clothes and scrub their boots, then spray with alcohol. We will publish notice of ROD prone areas in outing descriptions. This preventative procedure is best done at home before reaching the area but leaders will have needed items at meeting places. Please help us protect our precious forests.
Members and participants under 18 is $1 Donation for others: $5.
Supplies to bring
2 quarts of water, rain gear, sturdy hiking shoes, hiking stick, hat/visor, and lunch.
Classification of Hikes (E)=Education/Interpretation (C) Conservation (F) Family/Fun (S) Service
Monday, January 20
Pu‘u O‘o Trail Dayhike (E/C)
South Hilo District, moderate to strenuous/7 miles, 5400’
Pu‘u O‘o trail starts from Saddle Road between the 22 and 23 mile marker and meanders through kipukas of native plants and birds surrounded by old lava flows. We will hike the trail to where it intersects Powerline Road. Bring rain gear, hat, 2 quarts of water, snacks, lunch, binoculars and wear sturdy shoes. ROD protocol will be observed. Leaders: Linda Larish, 966-6337 or text 808-657-9640 and Diane Ware, 967-8642
Saturday, January 25
Mauna Iki Trail (Twin Pits) (E/C)
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, moderate/7 miles, 5000’
This trail starts by Kulanaokuaiki Campground and goes out into the Ka‘ū Desert to a set of pit craters where we will turn around and return the way we came. It’s a pretty hike with very little shade. Bring at least 2 quarts of water, sunscreen, lunch, hat and raingear. ROD protocol observed. Leaders: Michael and Sunny LaPlante, 964-5017
Saturday, February 8
Kīlauea Iki (E/C/F)
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, moderate/4.5 miles, 3800’ +/- 480’
A forest and lava crater hike in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park starting at Kīlauea Iki parking lot. We will be walking through a wooded area of native vegetation, with great views of Kīlauea Iki crater. Then down to the crater floor, past steam vents to view the cinder cone formed during the 1959 eruption. We will be making a loop on the recently reopened Byron’s Ledge trail. Follow ROD protocol; wear sturdy boots, bring plenty of water, sun and rain protection, sunglasses, and snacks. There will be an optional group lunch after the hike at Volcano House. Leader: Diane Ware, 967-8642
Monday, February 17
Makaopuhi Crater Hike (E/C)
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, moderate to strenuous/8.5 miles, 3000’ +1000’
Enjoy fantastic views of Mauna Ulu and Makaopuhi Crater on this hike. We will begin the hike at the Kealakomo Lookout on the Chain of Craters Road and then follow the Napau Trail to the Mauna Ulu parking lot. This will require a vehicle shuttle from the Mauna Ulu parking lot to Kealakomo Lookout. ROD protocol will be observed. Leaders: Linda Larish, 966-6337 or text 808-657-9640 and Diane Ware, 967-8642
Tuesday, February 18
Pepe‘ekeo Cliffs Day Hike (E/C/F)
Hāmākua District, easy/4 miles, shoreline +/- 200’
Scenic vistas, sea birds and some historic sites depending on which part of the trail we follow atop the Hāmakua cliffs. Come join us on this hike along the ocean. Leaders: Michael and Sunny LaPlante, 964-5017
Friday, March 27
Kaloli to Hā‘ena (Shipman Beach) (E/C/F) Hawaiʻi Island
Puna District, moderate/5 miles, sea level
Hike on a historic trail in Puna from Paradise Park to the beach at Hā‘ena. The trail used to be an inland carriage road. At Hā‘ena Beach, we will see nēnē at the Shipman Estate and swim with the turtles. Bring water, rain poncho, swim suit and lunch. ROD protocol observed. Leader: Linda Larish, 966-6337 or text 808-657-9640
Saturday, March 28
Crater Rim Day Hike (E/C) Hawaiʻi Island
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, moderate/5 miles, 4000’ +/- 400’
This will be a hike on a section of the Crater Rim Trail that goes by Keanakakoi Crater. Learn how Hawaiians used this area. There may be views of Halema‘uma‘u Crater along the way during what will be an easy slow paced hike in the National Park. Bring the usual items for a day hike. ROD protocol observed. Leaders:Sunny and Michael LaPlante, 964-5017