Mauna Loa Lookout

Viewpoint in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

A narrow, winding and potholed drive along lonely Mauna Loa Rd passes heavily forested kipuka (oases) as you come ever closer to the world's most massive active volcano. At the end of the road lies epic Mauna Loa Lookout (6662ft), a protected cluster of endangered ʻahinahina (Mauna Loa silversword) plants, and the start of the challenging and rewarding Mauna Loa Trail. For best views, wander a short way east down the trail for vistas that encompass smoking Kilauea far below.