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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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San Dimas, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

What can one say to truly grasp the awe inspiring first sight of Kilauea crater...there isn't any. To me it is the greatest experience on the island. I have hiked this trail 8 times and each time is just like the first. To fully enjoy this 4.2 mike hike start at Kilauea iki outlook. The trail is very steep and... More

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Quito
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has many marked trails you can visit on your own. The Kilauea Iki trail is 4 miles long, although you can take a shorter route if you don't feel like walking too much. You will walk inside the Kilauea Iki crater, so there are no trees to protect you from the sun or the wind. Be... More

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Saratoga, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
36 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

we overlooked the caldera from a stop past the visitor's center, but that didn't quite prepare us for the incredible experience of hiking down to and across the face of the caldera. What a surreal experience. And the amazing flowers that bloom in the middle of the ash. Well worth the time, wish it could have been longer. Great finish... More

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Cumming, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I really enjoy hiking, especially in the National Parks, but sometimes it's hard to find a really good day hike. I'm always looking for something not so long as to monopolize all my precious vacation time, but long enough to provide a good sense of the destination. Kilauea Iki is a great blend. It's about 4 miles long, so a... More

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Campbellsville, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We did the whole trail and it is just amazing. You cannot grasp difference of the crater floor until you actually go down into it though. It looks different from the rim. The trail isn't too bad if you go the entrance the sign there suggests.

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State College, Pennsylvania
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103 reviews 103 reviews
49 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Our time in Volcano was limited and we were told this was the best trail to hike and so glad we did! We didn't have time to hike the entire loop but hiked down heading clockwise to get inside the crater. The hike going down was beautiful and it was pretty cool being inside a volcano crater. The hike back... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is definitely worth the time and effort. The trailhead is easily accessible (about a 10 minute drive from the park entrance to the trailhead parking lot). You have the options of hiking the loop counterclockwise or clockwise. We opted to hike clockwise, which got us onto the crater floor earlier (we started in the morning and wanted to avoid... More

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Seattle
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118 reviews 118 reviews
40 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We stayed in Kona and got started early in the morning, stopping off to see the turtles at black beach and then ending up at the volcano. We'd recommend taking the trail counter-clockwise for the best viewing of the crater and active volcano, and then doing the lava tubes at the end counter-clockwise as well to reduce crowd lines and... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The trail is about 4 miles round trip and takes you down through the rainforest and into a pit crater. Very cool landscape. The trail also takes you to the Thurston lava tube via a half mile side hike. This trail was highly recommended by the rangers and didn't disappoint.

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Denver
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The Big Island is all about volcanoes. Your visit isn't complete without seeing one, and this easy trek will be accessible to most. Although the park provides a nice introduction and guides at the visitor's center, you'll get more out of the journey if you join a commercial tour with a small group. We tried this on our own, and... More

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