Hawaii, known for its spectacular volcanic landscape and ocean cliffs, is made up of eight main islands and many smaller islands and islets. Tall cliffs and lava rocks protrude from the water along much of the shoreline, and most of the beaches feature white sand.
Hawaii has a wide range of elevations and microclimates that make its geography incredibly diverse. Visitors get to explore beaches, rainforests, volcanic deserts and even alpine environments.
On the island of Maui, you’ll find Haleakala National Park, a park that supports native island ecosystems and wildlife in a volcanic landscape.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Hawaii.
There’s more to this Hawaiian island than its most famous trail—and with Na Pali Coast State Park closed indefinitely, there’s never been a better time to sample the best hikes Kaua’i has to offer.
Kalaupapa Trail, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii
This 5.5-miler descends into the Haleakala Crater, circles the Ka Lu'u o ka 'O'o cinder cone, and showcases views of volcanic landscapes.