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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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Montgomery, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The entire hike is around 4 miles, but probably very doable for most fitness levels, provided you don’t mind climbing up and down some rock stairs. I think we spent around 2.5 hours there, but we stopped a good bit for pictures and exploration off the trail. Good shoes are a must! Sunscreen and water are essential, too. It was... 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 April 22, 2014 NEW

This walk is definitely the highlight of any stay in the park now that it is not possible to see the lava flow into the sea. We went in January. The first day was foggy and the crater was completely filled with the mist. Luckily the second day was clear and we could see completely across the crater and completed... More

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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Heard good things about this trail, so we put it on our list. We went round trip starting from the trailhead by the Kilauea Iki overlook (closest to the visitors center) and hiked along the north rim of the crater counterclockwise, walking back east across the base of the crater. Lush rainforest on the rim transitions into a rocky, barren... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

My favourite trail in Volcanoes National Park! You start in a lush forest and then descend into the crater. Make sure to take the time to enjoy the almost alien landscape. I joked that a gorn might be behind a pile of lava rocks.

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Kailua Kona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We live in Kona, but had a cabin in Volcano. The Kilauea Iki hike is a must do. We have done the hike a hundred times and it is always a joy. This is Hawaii, so I don't need to talk about the weather....be prepared. It is a rain forest. We recently took our family, and it was a highlight... More

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Sammamish, Washington, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Expect to spend a few hours on this trail. Carry a lot of water/sunscreen and use good hiking shoes. The first part is a walk in the forest with good shade for about 1.5 miles, then climb down to the lava floor.

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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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
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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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