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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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Wimberley, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

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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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

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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Newton, MA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The goddess Pele may be a product of mythology, but her influence on the Big Island is not. It is an amazing, ever-changing landscape at work, that while creating new land through volcanic eruption, also destroys homes, blocks roads and brings normal life to a halt. The Kilauea Iki Trail is as other reviewers have noted like being on another... More

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Indiana
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13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We are in our 60's and did this fabulous hike. We arrived early in the morning and got pictures of the crater with Mauna Loa in the background (before it got surrounded in clouds). We started at the Kilauea Iki parking lot using the trail guide we purchased for $2 at the visitor's center. The descent down to the crater... More

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Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We walked this trail at 6.30am, just after sunrise. It has everything from rain forest to walking across crusted lava in a crater that was "live" circa 60 years ago. Coupled with climbs and descents and great views, this is a really nice 90-120 minute trail. Apart from a couple of areas where care is needed on uneven surfaces, anyone... More

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Mountain View, California
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5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Awesome hike to do if you want the full package. Starts and finishes in the rainforest with lush green vegetation around you and the middle part takes you straight over a once active volcano crater with lots of things to see. About 4 miles roundtrip with 400ft elevation change. Start to the left of the parking lot, its much easier... More

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Pleasant Grove, Utah
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

I absolutely loved this hike. It was very interesting - get the brochure. The end is a little strenuous. I don't know if my wife would do it again but it was one of the highlights of my trip. Some advice, if you park in the first parking lot and end by the Thurston Lava Tube, you won't be by... More

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey
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144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a really neat hike. Starting off in a rainforest in the descending down into a crater floor of an extinct volcano is really neat. We did purchase the two dollar official guide for this hike which makes the hike even more interesting. The change in scenery is pretty amazing. Walking through a rainforest with a 400 foot decline... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I loved every minute of this 4 mile hike. Upon the advice of one of the workers at the visitor center we took this hike and we're so happy we did. There is nothing like standing at the base of a cooled lava lake and looking out at the black desert of lava in front of you and watching steam... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Great Hike!!! It is a long hike, make sure your in shape, it is worth every step! Half through jungle and the other half across a lava field that erupted less than 90 years ago... sooo cool. Great for explores and outdoor enthusiasts

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