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Kilauea Iki Trail

Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
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State College, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
43 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Our time in Volcano was limited and we were told this was the best trail to hike and so glad we did! We didn't have time to hike the entire loop but hiked down heading clockwise to get inside the crater. The hike going down was beautiful and it was pretty cool being inside a volcano crater. The hike back... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This is definitely worth the time and effort. The trailhead is easily accessible (about a 10 minute drive from the park entrance to the trailhead parking lot). You have the options of hiking the loop counterclockwise or clockwise. We opted to hike clockwise, which got us onto the crater floor earlier (we started in the morning and wanted to avoid... More

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Seattle
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40 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We stayed in Kona and got started early in the morning, stopping off to see the turtles at black beach and then ending up at the volcano. We'd recommend taking the trail counter-clockwise for the best viewing of the crater and active volcano, and then doing the lava tubes at the end counter-clockwise as well to reduce crowd lines and... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The trail is about 4 miles round trip and takes you down through the rainforest and into a pit crater. Very cool landscape. The trail also takes you to the Thurston lava tube via a half mile side hike. This trail was highly recommended by the rangers and didn't disappoint.

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Denver
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The Big Island is all about volcanoes. Your visit isn't complete without seeing one, and this easy trek will be accessible to most. Although the park provides a nice introduction and guides at the visitor's center, you'll get more out of the journey if you join a commercial tour with a small group. We tried this on our own, and... More

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Calgary, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Many books and the rangers at the visitor center all say this the the one hike to do in Park if you only have time for one. The day we went the clouds were low and it rained off and on....but we pressed on and did the hike in about three hours. We made many stops for pictures and had... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I recommend getting the $2 trail guide at the trail head or visitor center before you start. It gives more insight to what you are seeing a long the way. Bring lots of water and trail mix. It will take about 3 hours to do this hike with children but it is worth doing if you have the time. The... More

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Wimberley, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This trail is one of the best hikes you can do on the Big Island. My wife and I (both in our mid sixties) along with our daughter and her boyfriend had a great morning hiking the Kilauea Iki trail. It is only around four miles long and it took us a couple of hours to complete it. Of course... More

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Nyack, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Traveled this trail and was amazed by the sheer beauty. Not a long hike but you will need your boots, water, and about 2 hrs.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

the hike recommended to us "Kīlauea Iki Trail" which was great!! Do it the correct way around, and buy the guide, it is worth the $. As you finish the trail you'll get to the lava tubes. After that we went all the way down to the shore to see the arches and the 2007 flow across the road. As... More

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