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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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109 reviews 109 reviews
24 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Folsom, California (USA)
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is the hike to take if you want to experience a volcano. There's no more flowing lava, of course, but there are still steam vents. And you can walk inside the crater to see up close just how it works. It's a rather easy hike (for an active 70-something) through forest and down to the crater floor. If you... More

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Gans, Pennsylvania
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18 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Was a beautiful Hike through lush forest then over the caldera. Really enjoyed the sights and vastness of the caldera. Bring rain gear because rain pops up quickly!

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Quebec
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35 reviews 35 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Smooth hike, the trail is really for beginners, well maintained, but with no specific challenges or feeling of exploration that more expert hikers would like to get. The views are good but there is not a lot of diversity. This crater is pretty dead so do not expect much risks or volcano excitement, other than maybe some small amount of... More

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Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
35 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Where else can you hike into the crater of a volcano? This was the highlight of our visit to Volcano National Park. We took the counterclockwise hike. We started off with the short but impressive hike through the lava tubes, then went across the street and began this trail. The hike down was certainly easier than the hike back up,... More

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