These vol­canic-is­land hikes pro­vide an awe-in­spir­ing glimpse of the nat­u­ral forces that con­tinue to shape our planet.


Four stun­ning vol­canic-is­land hikes around the world.

1 / Tener­ife, Spain TEIDE NA­TIONAL PARK

Cen­tered on sea­son­ally snow­capped Mount Teide—at 3,718 me­ters the tallest peak in Spain—this arid high-al­ti­tude vol­canic won­der­land in the Ca­nary Is­lands is criss­crossed by an ex­ten­sive net­work of hik­ing trails. Try the four- to five-hour Si­ete Cañadas route from the vis­i­tor cen­ter at Portillo to Cañada Blanca, skirt­ing the rock walls of the sur­round­ing caldera past en­demic red bu­glosses whose flow­er­ing stems can reach up to three me­ters high. webtener­

2 / Kaua‘i, United States WAIMEA CANYON STATE PARK

Hawai‘i of­fers a wealth of beau­ti­ful hikes across its ma­jor is­lands, but rain for­est– clad Kaua‘i stands out for Waimea Canyon, a gar­gan­tuan 16-kilome­ter gorge flanked by lay­ers of red and brown lava rock that have earned it the pop­u­lar nick­name “Grand Canyon of the Pa­cific.” Un­like its larger coun­ter­part in Ari­zona, the chasm is laced with wa­ter­falls and lush green­ery. Ac­tive fam­i­lies should tackle the Canyon Trail, a two- to three-hour cir­cuit that brings you to the top of the Waipo’o Falls.

3 / Lom­bok, In­done­sia MOUNT RINJANI NA­TIONAL PARK

The sec­ond-high­est vol­cano in In­done­sia is also one of its most scenic, thanks to a shat­tered caldera that con­ceals a teal-green lake punc­tu­ated by a smaller cin­der cone. A full traverse of Rinjani re­quires a gru­el­ing multi-day trek, though tents, food, and other es­sen­tials are taken care of by re­li­able lo­cal out­fit­ters such as Rudy Trekker. Be sure to train months in advance for the pre-dawn climb to watch the sun­rise from Rinjani’s 3,726-me­ter sum­mit.

4 / Réu­nion, France COL DU TAÏBIT

Much like the Hawai­ian Is­lands, the French In­dian Ocean ter­ri­tory of Réu­nion owes its cre­ation to enor­mous un­der­sea shield vol­ca­noes. A must-do is the hike from the town of Ci­laos through the Col du Taïbit, a 2,081-me­ter-high moun­tain pass that leads into the most in­ac­ces­si­ble of Réu­nion’s three in­ter­lock­ing western calderas. Opt to spend the night in the tiny vil­lage of Marla, or start out be­fore 8 a.m. from Ci­laos to make this a more chal­leng­ing day hike.­

Walk­ing the Mars­like land­scape of Teide Na­tional Park in Tener­ife, the largest of Spain's Ca­nary Is­lands.

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