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Address: Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
Phone Number: 8089856000
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A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.

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New Earth...exciting hike

One of the highlights of our trip. The kids loved this trail and look forward to returning to it some day. This was great exercise even for dad with his cane.

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Mount Gambier, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was an ok walk but nothing compared to seeing lava. Go to the lava flow instead if you can. There was steam coming up from the vents.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the highlights of our trip. The kids loved this trail and look forward to returning to it some day. This was great exercise even for dad with his cane.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This trail cuts across a very recent lava field, from a 1959 eruption that created a brand new cinder cone. The lava still flows about 8 feet down and the ground still steams. You probably don't want to do this hike in a flipflops. You can see steam coming up from cracks all around you. Very wild!

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McMinnville, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did a mid-morning roundtrip hike, going counter-clockwise from the Kilauea Iki trailhead. We stopped at the Thurston Lava Tube on the way around, and took three hours overall. We love hiking, and we loved this gently moderate hike!

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Virginia Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you only want to do one hike in the park this is it. In the same hike you will go through a beautiful forest and then hike across the Kilauea Iki crater. The trail is well marked and don't forget to pick up a trail guide.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

REALLY amazing hike. It's about 4 miles round trip. You think of rocks as being reallllly old. So we still can't believe that we were hiking rocks that were younger than our parents! You start at the rainforest. Grab the $2 guide, it was really interesting to make each stop along the trail and read from the guide. From the... More 

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Naples, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an awesome hike and well worth the couple of hours it takes to complete. We parked at the Lava Tubes and went counter clockwise. It begins walking around the top of the crater with amazing views looking down into it, then you descend at one end, walk across the center of the crater, and finish climbing back out... More 

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Wyoming, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took an entire day driving to the sea. Many lava fields and craters to explore. Short walk to the Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, but the strong wind made it seem very long. Extremely windy near the coast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It starts in the rain forest which is beautiful and allows glimpses of the crater below. Be prepared for any weather (cool, rainy, warm) as you hike through the forest and then the open crater, with marked descents and climbs. The views are incredible from above and below and the steam vents are awesome, too.

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Caldwell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simply an amazing hike. Nothing like this hike anywhere. You start in a rain forest and then work your way down to the crater that you walk across. It is a lava field and you feel like you are on another planet. You pass by steam vents that you can actually feel the steam rising from the earth. Seeing life... More 

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