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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Really nice hike, like nowhere I've hiked before. You start in a lovely rain forest and end on the crater floor. For a more shady and gradual ascent, take the hike counter clockwise from the trailhead not from the Lava tube.

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Issaquah, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite parts of my trip to Hawaii was this hike with my husband and two tween girls. The national park website has a good description to check out - 4 mile loop descending 400 feet to the floor of a crater / former lava lake out of a rain forest taking 2-3 hours. We opted to go... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Kilauea Iki is very close to the visitor center and Thurston Lava Tube, which are standard stops on the bus tours coming up from the Kona side of Hawaii. Because of this, the parking is mobbed from 10 AM to 4 PM most days, so if you're going to do this go early! If you do, you'll have a great... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth the effort for this hike. The trail itself is about 4 miles long and is a loop. I suggest being at least moderately prepared (wear suitable footwear and bring water). The weather can change pretty quickly and we went from having hot, humid conditions to cool rain in a matter of minutes. If you have a light jacket,... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Did this hike with my three daughters and they thought this was one of the best things to do on the big island. Start in the jungle and end up on a lava lake

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Okoboji, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is an interesting 3 mile trail starting on the crater rim in a rain forest, proceeding down into and across the crater, and then back out 450 feet in a loop back to the trail head. The most interesting part of the trail is walking across the undulating terrain of the crater with cracks and broken lava and active... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This place was a lava lake from the news in 1959, so you should probably read a bit and check out the pictures of that recent eruption before you go - it will surely add some thrill to your hike. The trail is fairly simple, it's mostly black lava. I just want to point out a couple things you should... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This is a four miles hike, you will walk on the floor of Kilauea Iki crater, it's very interesting to see the landscape of the year 1959 eruption, and some of the area are still hot, when you walk back up, need to take a lots of breaks.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Guide books say this hike takes 3 hours, but we found it to be much shorter. Going down and climbing back up took us no more than one and half hours. I saw many elderly people on this trail. I think by taking short breaks often many people would be able to make it. It is extremely interesting to walk... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We did this on the recommendation of our hosts, and the view is stunning. It's more than a moderate hike with the rocks to climb, and can get hot as the day goes on. It's best done early in the morning with water. It's a 4 mile loop trail that is near the lava tube so you can do both... More 

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