North Sulawesi, Mahawu volcano

North Sulawesi, Mahawu volcano


Mahawu is the northernmost of a string of “young” volcanoes along the spine of North Sulawesi. Less active than it’s neighbors, Mahawu is just a few minutes’ drive from the center of Tomohon. A small road leads to a visitors center about halfway up the side of the crater. From the small parking lot, you have to hike up to the rim. There is no paved path or stairs, just a rough cut trail through small brush and thickets of elephant grass that took me about 20 to 30 minutes.

You reach the rim of the 180 meter wide crater on the south side. From the rim, it’s a 140 meter drop almost straight down to the floor of the crater, where there are a couple of muddy lakes and a few smoking fumeroles. If you hike around the rim, through more thickets of elephant grass, to the north side, you will get a good view of Manado city and the Bunaken Marine Park islands, if the weather permits of course.

There is no set fee to visit Mahawu, but a small donation to the visitors center will get a tree planted in your name in the growing forest around the base of the volcano. Manado-based Safari Tours can arrange a tours to Mahawu Volcano.

Subregion Name:Sulawesi (Indonesia)
Volcano Number:0606-11=
Volcano Type:Stratovolcano
Volcano Status:Historical
Last Known Eruption:1977 
Summit Elevation:1324 m4,344 feet
The elongated Mahawu volcano immediately east of Lokon-Empung volcano is the northernmost of a series of young volcanoes along a SSW-NNE line near the margin of the Quaternary Tondano caldera. Mahawu is capped by a 180-m-wide, 140-m-deep crater that sometimes contains a small crater lake, and has two pyroclastic cones on its northern flank. Less active than its neighbor, Lokon-Empung, Mahawu’s historical activity has been restricted to occasional small explosive eruptions recorded since 1789. In 1994 fumaroles, mudpots, and small geysers were observed along the shores of a greenish-colored crater lake.

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