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Lava Tree State Park and Monument

Pāhoa, HI, United States
1 Kudo
Beautiful short hike through a unique landscape on the eastern slope of the big volcano on the Big Island. The trail itself is an easy ¾ mile hike surrounded by a great variety of vegetation. But the most interesting trees are the ones that were encased in lava years ago. The trees burned out of the middle, leaving standing sarcophagi that are mostly hollow inside. Occasionally they crack open and reveal the charred remains of the tree. Periodically, the ground here shifts and cracks open, leaving alarming trenches in the earth surrounded by safety fences and warning signs.
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Points of interest

Site of most recent active lava flow on the island
Lava Tree State Monument
beautiful short hike with tree sarcophagi

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