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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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O'Fallon, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Kilauea Iki trail is like being transported to a distant, fantastic location. It seems more like you're walking on the moon than on Earth. There are steep descents/ascents at the beginning and end, but the walk across the Kilauea lava field with the volcano smoldering in the distance is well worth it.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The trail is a popular trail which should be on your list of island hikes especially if your going to include the Hawaii Volcano National Park on your vacation. The only issue I have is that the trail can get rather busy, especially in the summer. But, it takes you down to the crater floor which is an amazing experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We did the Kilauea Iki trail with a guide. It was absolutely brilliant! The guide was amazing and explained everything. We did a four hour, 4 mile walk around the crater and then along the crater floor. It wasn't a hard walk and kept stopping to talk about things, however there were a couple of older ladies who struggled. Another... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

An incandescent and spectacular volcano in the night , a stellar sky I never seen like this , an amazing experience and a must see ...

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Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Where else can you have the opportunity to walk to the bottom of a crater? This was well worth the long drive from Kailua and no trip to the island of Hawaii is complete without experiencing this. Take good walking shoes, and rain jacket and a hat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Definitely worth your time to hike down into the crater floor of the Kilauea Iki. Walking through the lush greenery and listening to the birds as you head down was a tranquil experience. Then when you get to the floor, it is as if you were in a different world because of the contrast in environment! Make sure to bring... More

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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A sight to see, hot dense smoke escaping from the depth of Earth! Gives me goose bumps to even think that I was actually very very close to an active volcano! A must see in Big Island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

spent the day here with friends for my 40th and we combined loops so this trail was about 1/2 way thru. spectacular to walk thru this crater! great view from above as we made our way back out on the rim trail. pictures don't do justice to the magnitude of this park. absolute must see and do as far as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

You hike through a forest down to the crater floor. You can walk up to the steam vents which are very hot but not smelly. This was one of our more enjoyable hikes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Two guidebooks and TripAdvisor all agreed this was the best hike on the island, and we have to agree! Rigorous but not strenuous. There were lots of opportunities to veer off to other trails--we ended up at the Thurston Lava Tube and Visitor's Center. Great photo opportunities and vistas. Eerie walk over the crater floor where magma is still boiling... More

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