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Address: Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Activities: Hiking
Description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
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Really fun trail- begins in the rainforest, shaded and cool, and then descends down into the old lava lake. Just loved hiking over cracked old cooled lava. Difficult terrain and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Oceanside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Did the hike after walking through Thurston Lava tube. A lengthy 4 mile hike seemed longer as the switchbacks down to the crater floor under a wet rainforest type canopy took a toll. An unreal experience walking out of the forest onto a barren plain lava field crater floor where numerous steam vents from the earth's crust were emitting smoke.... More 

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atlanta, ga
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Really fun trail- begins in the rainforest, shaded and cool, and then descends down into the old lava lake. Just loved hiking over cracked old cooled lava. Difficult terrain and steep climb back up so not for the faint of heart. Only took our 3 yo about 1 mi in then my husband hiked back up to the car with... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

this hike is very popular and I saw lots of people actually running there. I did this hike early in the morning and it was very nice, not too difficult hike. If you start from the volcano house the signs are not that clear for a while but it will get better and there is not way you can get... More 

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Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Have you ever been to the moon? I do not,but if you think like that we`re not far. The landscape is unique and incredible,throw some gas and absolute nothingness. The trail is 2.4 miles long,but only means through the "CALDERA", at least at one end must still add miles to the car park. Plan your time well,if you stop to... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

this is probably the best hike in the national park to get to the trail head take the thurston lava tube trail then at the halfway point your come to a junction and it will say Kilauea iki trail go down the path your come to a steep descend with some steps but don't worry because it has a rail... More 

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San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is like mo other hike I have ever taken. Walking across the barren lava field and seeing the flowers and shrubs growing is quite unique.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We loved this 4 mile hike because of the variety of the scenery. Walking across the crater floor does get a little hot, so fill your water bottles at the visitor center. I recommend starting at the labeled trail head, and not at the entrance near the lava tube because the ascent is less steep.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is a great trail to hike because you actually get to visit three different things; rain forest, crater floor and lava tubes. The hike is a 3-4 mile loop. A little steep hiking back up to the parking area, but worth every minute.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We enjoyed our hike and had bought the small guidebook, 2$, that goes with it. The book is fine, describing briefly what you see on your way. However some of the stops are overkill. We were advised to walk counterclockwise by a ranger and that is hereby passed on. Nice hike.

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Upstate New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This trail in Volcanoes National Park takes you from a beautiful rain forest to a large volcanic crater and then up through forest again to the Thurston Lava Tube. It provides the whole spectrum of nature from lush green plants to the barren and cracked crater floor. The entire hike is about 4 miles long, and since some of it... More 

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Address: Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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