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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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San Antonio, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

If you are going to do one hike in Volcano national park this is the one to do. Get a guide brochure from the visitor center before starting. If it is during the summer make sure to bring water and start early. We got started about 9:30 and it was just starting to get hot about the time we finished.... More

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New York City, New York
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I am a middle-aged woman, in okay, but not wonderful shape, so I was a bit apprehensive about this hike. I did it and it was great! Follow the advice on this forum and start by going right from the parking lot (or counter clockwise). If you go this way, the descent down into the crater is long but graduated.... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We traveled down this jungle trail and emerged on the lunar landscape of a caldera!! The trail was a fairly easy walk with a moderate grade and switchbacks taking you down. I'd definitely say to try it!!

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Brooklyn, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

How often do you get to walk across a lava lake? This is an amazing experience, and if you can do it you should. Some tips: Bring LOTS of water and some food. VNP has very limited food facilities. We brought sandwiches from Lava Rock Cafe in the nearby town of Volcano. You can refill your water bottle or buy... More

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118 reviews 118 reviews
29 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This was one of the real hi-lights of our stay in Volcano. It takes between 2 and 3.5 hours depending on how much you like to stop and take in the atmosphere and shoot some photos. You traverse some amazing landscape - rainforest to barren crater floor - through in the lava tube at the end ( see separate attraction... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We hiked several trails within Volcano National Park, Big Island on August 10, 2014. We started at the visitors center and spoke to a guide who gave us great information on which hikes we could complete in the amount of time we had. We decided to visit the Jagger Museum, Hike the lava tube, Hike Kilauea Iki to the crater... More

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This hike came it as the #1 thing to do on the Big Island. After hiking the trail, I would agree. It was an amazing experience. If you take the trail, go counter clockwise and include the lava tube as part of your hike. I expected the temperature to be warm but it was VERY pleasant. I do recommend closed... More

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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

TIP: Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat. I walked the trail in January 2014, and the sun was bearing down hard. So stay hydrated and cool... But to actually walk through a volcano is an experience you won't forget. You'll come across some amazing lava rock formations and the interesting plant life that grows out of the lava.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What an incredibly unique experience, to be able to walk across the floor of a volcano. Not to be missed when visiting Volcano National Park.

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Bow, NH
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What does it feel like to walk on the moon? Or in the crater of a volcano? Take this nice, easy hike, and you'll see! The views of the crater are terrific from along the rim, and then again while in the crater looking out! We did it in under two hours, and had plenty of time for a light... More

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