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Kilauea Iki Trail

Address: Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
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Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is a truly unique hike. Being able to walk inside of a crater that at one point was spewing molten lava high into the air is an amazing experience. The hike starts along the crater rim, in the cool lush rainforest. You then descend into the crater and walk along the surface. It's like walking on the moon. Once... More 

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Corvallis, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

bring plenty of water but don't miss this opportunity to go down into a crater! This an interesting opportunity to explore the dynamics of an old crater close up.

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Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The walk through the rain forest is nice and beautiful, but the reward during your mile-long crater walk is incredible. You can sit near steam vents and get your own sulfuric steam "bath" before heading out.

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Heerlen
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The trail is a great way to see what vulcanic forces can do to a landscape. It also shows how new plants manage to grow every where between the lava rocks. Gasses escaping from many holes and you can not only walk down in the crater, also along the rim and from there you again can see how wonderful nature... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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216 reviews 216 reviews
41 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We highly recommend doing the hike counter clockwise as other reviewers have suggested. It is a nice downward hike through the forest with occasional cool views of the crater. Then you get the stairs out of the way on the downward trek. Then across the black uneven lava at the start of the crater. It smoothes out through the majority... More 

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Happy
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103 reviews 103 reviews
26 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

A 2-4 hr hike, depending on fitness level, how often you stop, etc. Be sure and bring water/electrolyte replacement fluid, as well as a rain jacket. You may encounter rain and hot sun. It was sunny and hot when we did the hike, and I got overheated just after crossing the caldera. Do the hike counterclockwise for an easier ascent... More 

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Dover, NH
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86 reviews 86 reviews
12 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We're in our mid- fifties & found this to be a very pleasant hike in spite of the rain. In fact we thought it was a small blessing it was raining because we certainly stayed cooler without the sun. Plus if you buy the $2 tall booklet at the visitor center it suggests you hike it counterclockwise. It was definitely... More 

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Williams Lake, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Long steep hike down and back up but very interesting crossing the crater. Steam venting all over the place, new growth emerging etc., and lots of lava.

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Richmond, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My wife and I ventured to Hawaii's Volcano National Park for the Kilauea Iki Trail (4 mile loop). From the parking lot ( Kilauea Iki Viewpoint) you can see people walking across the crater which gives a good sense of scale and magnitude of the crater. The trail initially travels along the edge of the crater and provides panoramic views... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

After visiting the visitor centre and getting the self guided walk brochure we did this hike.We walked from our hotel ( Volcano House). It was amazing and there was so much to see. Wear trainers or if you have them proper walking shoes and take plenty of water as when we did it it was very hot. About half way... More 

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