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5 volcanoes to climb now

These active and dormant sites offer incredible hikes and views.

Hiking mountains is awe-inspiring but relatively accessible. Switch up the landscape and the views (think: black lava rock terrain, craters, steam vents, and piping-hot lava tubes) by climbing a volcano instead. These five in particular should be on any fit traveler’s bucket list—and fall is the perfect time to go.
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  • Mount Batur, Bali

    Mount Batur, Bali

    Bali may be known for centuries-old temples, beaches, and rainforests, but there are three active volcanoes that have trails. Head to Mount Batur, the second highest volcano in Bali (5,600 feet above sea level) that has long seduced hikers, especially during sunrise. Populated with roaming monkeys, there are two trails of equal distance and level of difficulty. It takes about two hours to reach the summit, where the views of the surrounding valley and calm sea are breathtaking. 

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  • The Pitons, St. Lucia

    The Pitons, St. Lucia

    St. Lucia is one of few Caribbean islands with volcanic activity. The Pitons, two volcanic peaks and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site (meaning they are protected by the United Nations), are emblematic of the island. Hikes along the Tet Paul Nature Trail are only 45 minutes, but more intrepid travelers can take the six-hour journey to the 2530-foot summit of Gros Piton. At the base of the Pitons, visitors can take a dip in the natural, hot sulfur springs to relieve sore muscles. 

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  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

    Among three active volcanoes on Big Island, two are in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The most famous volcano is Kilauea, which has been continuously erupting since 1983. Trails range from moderate to challenging, and many hikes can take several days. A popular route is Kilauea Iki trail, a relatively easy, four-mile loop that runs across a dry lava lake and through a pit crater. The more advanced Crater Rim trail is a 12-mile loop through the volcano and lush rainforest. 

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  • Mount St. Helens, Washington

    Mount St. Helens, Washington

    Located 95 miles south of Seattle is Mount St. Helens. The complete round-trip to the summit at 8,365 feet will take a full day. Due to steep, rugged terrain and unpredictable weather conditions, a trek here is recommended for advanced climbers only (though beginners can do short, easy hikes around the base). You’ll be rewarded with grand views of the surrounding blue green hills, as well as Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and Mount Rainier.
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  • Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

    Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

    When Eyjafjallajokull erupted in 2010, it had global impact. The plume of volcanic ash spread long and far for almost a month. However, the incident put the natural landmark on the map, and it’s since been considered one of the best volcanoes to climb, with a summit elevation of 5,466 feet. From the top of this glacier volcano, athletes witness unspoiled, sprawling landscapes of the island, including craters left by past eruptions. The route to the top takes up to ten hours roundtrip.

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