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Address: Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Activities: Hiking
Description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
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A good hearty walk

Done the hike several times and always find it rewarding. It is a moderate difficulty hike but good shoes and water are a requirement. Love to walk across the crater floor where... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Done the hike several times and always find it rewarding. It is a moderate difficulty hike but good shoes and water are a requirement. Love to walk across the crater floor where steam still rises in several places. ample bird life along portions of the hike make it very enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Great hike, beautiful scenery! Really hot when crossing the crater (no shade) but worth it. Steam vents are all around you and we were just amazed at the whole thing. It was not too touristed when we were there so it was a nice peaceful walk.

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New Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Loved the varied scenery, starting on the rim trail and continuing 400 feet down into the crater, across the crater and back up to the top. It took us 2.5 hours, with stopping for photos, and there are no bathroom facilities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is an interesting hike, taking you through lush rain forest AND desolate lava fields. At about 4 miles long, it took us 3 hours, which included several stops to take close looks at steam vents and to snap pics. It also included a short extension through the Lava Tube that is at the end of the main hike... if... More 

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Inland Northwest, Us
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Took the trail by accident, thought we were walking to the lava tube! It is a great walk, not very steep and has view points of the crater below.

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Upstate New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

But not without crowds. Understand the history of volcanic activity by seeing the results. Good shoes or boots and rain gear will help you enjoy this hike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We had lovely weather for our walk. The cairns clearly marked the way over the extinct crater and the climb up into the rainforest was quite steep. You need to be moderately fit to do this walk. Make sure you take water with you. Would love to do it again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Absolutely fascinating contrast of lush jungle and moon-like surface of the crater, still steaming here and there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

If you have limited time to spend in the park this is a great trail that's not very long or hard but the experience of being on the floor of the crater is incredible. We had just finished the lava tube and our 18 year old nephew who never could decide on doing anything saw the floor of the crater... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We spent about 2 hours on our hike. It was pretty easy hiking, except for the last 15 minutes of strong uphill. But I think it's definitely worth downloading the PDF guide www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/upload/Kilauea-Iki-Trail-Guide-2013.pdf before you start hiking. It points out really interesting features at about 15 different spots and gives you background on the eruption of the volcano--we had a... More 

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