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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth the hike, the trail is absolutely beautiful. You can't beat the views! The day we went was really foggy, it still looked incredible but it was hard to get our photos to turn out well. The hike wasn't particularly strenuous, but make sure to wear sturdy shoes, there's a decent amount of walking over loose rocks and such... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Walk on a cooling lava lake! But be prepared for the trip down and up. One side is a staircase that goes down 400ft. The other is a steep switchback trail. The whole trip takes hours and lots endurance. It's 4+miles to make the circuit. Bring water. Take your time, and prepare to be wowed. For those who can't go... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Great trail. Isn't as strenuous as the guide books may have you believe. Beware of hot, unrelenting sun as you walk across the lava lake at the bottom of the crater.

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Honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My son and I did this TWICE! And it's a hike - four miles plus in the rain forest then the heat of the volcano/caldera below. AMAZING!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was a very cool adventure for my husband, myself and our 13 year old daughter. It was about 4 miles first along the rim which is forested with some viewpoints. Then you descend onto the cooled lava. There are places where plumes of steam are still escaping! Bring sunscreen and be prepared for anything. We had sun and rain.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Most people start this trail from the Kilauea Iki parking lot, hiking counter-clockwise back to the far end closer to Halemaumau before heading down to the crater. We did it in reverse - parked at Thurston lava tube and hiking straight down to the crater, then back up, clockwise. This afforded a really spectacular entrance to the crater - going... More

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This was the highlight of our visit to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Buy the KIlauea Iki Trail Guide for $2 for the best route and information on points of interest. The route is rated as moderate. Being 65 and of only average fitness I was a bit concerned about the route being too strenuous. However it was not a... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you are going to do one hike in Volcano national park this is the one to do. Get a guide brochure from the visitor center before starting. If it is during the summer make sure to bring water and start early. We got started about 9:30 and it was just starting to get hot about the time we finished.... More

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