Kilauea Iki Trail

Kilauea Iki Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Address, Phone Number, Kilauea Iki Trail Reviews: 5/5

Kilauea Iki Trail
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A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
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StacyInDC2012
Alexandria, VA898 contributions
Very Unique Landscape!
Sep 2021
My husband hiked this trail while I watched from above and then picked him up the visitor's center. It was really neat for me to be at the viewing area up above and be able to see him so far below, crossing the lake. He looked up and waved and I snapped some photos of him.

He found the trail to be fascinating and such unique landscapes.

I skipped it because it's a very steep descent down to the crater and then back up out of it.

My husband says this was one of his favorite aspects of our 10 day stay in Hawaii!
Written September 13, 2021
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Alexis C
Chicago, IL61 contributions
Worth Waking Up Early For
Sep 2021
Great easy hike and a definite highlight of Volcanoes National Park! I started the hike around 7 AM and was the only person on the trail until the very end. Highly recommend starting as early as possible (especially if you're staying in Volcano) to avoid the crowds and the heat. Walking across the crater is surreal and gives you a whole new perspective on the size and power of volcanoes. As others have mentioned, follow the stacks of rocks placed along the crater to find the trail on the other side.
Written September 12, 2021
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OldLadyTexan
13 contributions
A great educational hike
Jul 2021
The signs noting information about the foliage and the formations was very interesting. We were a little confused about which way to go when we came to branches in the trail and intersections with other trails.
Written August 25, 2021
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Laura S
37 contributions
A must-do in Volcanoes National Park
Aug 2021
If you’re coming to the park, this is a “can’t miss.” It is a workout for the leg muscles if you’re not used to that type of thing, but you can take breaks! It begins with a decent through the rainforest that is cool and shady and offers some amazing views of the crater below. When you get close to the crater, there are rock stairs going down with railings. Then you walk across the crater itself. Although it looks flat from above it is not at all. This part is very exposed—no shade. When you get the the other side and step back into the rainforest it’s like walking into an air conditioned place! Then you make your way back up. Again, it’s terraced, so not slippery or too steep. The whole walk took up about 2 hours.
Written August 14, 2021
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Work2travel
Orange, CA432 contributions
Great Stroll
Jul 2021
Parked in the overflow lot for the lava tube and did the trail. Great to be in the trees and foliage. Nice even path with several lava holes and look outs to the crater.
Written July 25, 2021
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travel6345
San Jose183 contributions
Best trail in park
Jul 2021
This trail takes you through the rainforest and down to the crater floor. You can walk across the floor and see the effects of the volcano. We continued the trail to include the Thurston Lava Tube which was about 6 miles round trip loop (2.5 hours carrying a 30 lb child). Some parts are a little steep, but much of the trail is a peaceful walk through the forest. The base was very windy when we walked through it. Once down in the crater follow the piles of stacked rocks as the trail. There was light rain when we hiked but it kept the hike cool and never got too strong. I think this was our favorite part of the park, get here early (before 9am to get a place to park).
Written July 13, 2021
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Kirsten B
Snoqualmie, Washington, United States97 contributions
Really cool
Jun 2021
The hike down was cooled by the flora. Very pretty. The floor of the crater is very interesting. Worth the time to try it.
Written June 29, 2021
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LT4_lotr
Indiana41 contributions
Amazing to walk across the crater
May 2021
We loved this hike! Recommended path is to begin at the parking lot and go *counter* clockwise (away from the Lava Tube tunnel), because the up at the end of the crater will be easier. It is pretty amazing to walk across a crater. Take plenty of water. The earlier you go, the better the weather is likely to be and the fewer people you will encounter (we began around 7:45am).

I would hesitate to take small kids on the hike unless they have a lot of experience--it is easy down but definitely a challenge to walk all the way across and go back up.
Written June 6, 2021
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JRM10009
New York City, NY81 contributions
Just Like a buckled and dilapidated parking lot
May 2021
I guess if you are an Earth Science Major or Teacher you would love this trail. Otherwise, AVOID the Kilauea Iki hike if you don't like looking at old lava that looks like a buckled and dilapidated parking lot for over an hour.
Written May 29, 2021
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Bailey K
Webster, NY42 contributions
Our favorite thing we did at the park.
May 2021
Well maintained trail with lots to see. Make sure to bring a rain jacket because it at least mists most days at the park. The trail is best when you go counter clockwise because the ascent will be more gradual and you will have some nice lookouts on your way down too.
Written May 15, 2021
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