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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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95 reviews 95 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Took us about 2 hrs to finish the hike. Medium difficulty. If you want to skip most of the hike, then go down from the overflow parking lot and come back up the same way you go down. We did the whole hike and it started raining a bit while we were in the middle of crater, so make sure... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We hiked the Kilauea Iki trail - took us around 2-3 hours. The photo opportunities come thick and fast, and the terrain changes. From rainforest to barren volcanic rock, my wife and I loved this hike. It's much easier to go round the recommended way. If it's sunny, take sunscreen - there's not a lot of shade as you cross... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

did not know about this trail until the wife read the reviews here on TripAdvisor. Wow...an unforgettable experience! Its hard to put into words, but probably the closest thing to visiting an alien planet you will experience on Earth. You start in the rainforest area and descent down. You arrive at the bottom of what was once, half a century... More

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st charles il, Illinois, USA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Trail across the caldera of a volcano - a light rain and gentle breeze made a delightful hike. Lots of volcanic history. Trail was well marked by cairn.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This is only part of a spectacularly cool National Park. Our regret is that we did not leave enough time to hike more trails and see more of the park. The hike through the crater is other-worldly, especially when, from afar, you see ant-sized people covered in white and even colored plastic bags (to keep dry in the mist) walking... More

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Boone
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9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

If you can only do one trail, make this the one! Take your time, and follow the booklets provided at the trail head. More interesting than you can imagine just by looking from the overlook above.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

You start off in a rainforest and end up in a moonlike crater! The contrast of the landscape was beautiful and unlike anything I have seen before. There were lots of interesting plants on the walk and the walk was the perfect length--not too long, not too short. We took our time doing it and were done in a couple... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately it was pouring when we got to the park and we didn't really have the right jackets for a 4 mile hike in the rain. What a disappointment! But we decided to follow the overlook trail from the trail had to at least see the volcano, I'm so glad we did! Only about a mile it was around the... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This was a perfect hike - not too long but long enough that our dogs were barking by the time we got back. If you go counterclockwise (which everyone recommends) you will start off in a beautiful lush rainforest then descend down into a crater that is just just unlike anything I have seen before. As others have said, bring... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

A stop at the Information Center is a must. The staff is excellent and they provide one with the information to fully appreciate and experience the volcano. We spent the night at the Volcano House and we were fortunate enough to wake to the glow from the volcano. We quickly dressed and headed out to the view point where we... More

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