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A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was completely amazed at the size of the volcano bowl, and the smoke / steam coming out. No lava at that time... That probably was a good thing. Very interesting

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most trails and driveways were closed at the time of visit but it was still very much worthy to go around the publicly open areas to see multiple craters from different perspectives. In one area there was plenty of Pele's Hair all over the road...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Short hike, but down first and then up last. Not for everyone, but a super experience. Some steam vents, a'a and pahoehoe lava. love how plant and animal life is trying to re-establish.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very informative National Park with much information about volcanoes and their impact on Hawaii. Lots of places to hike

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank David M
Reviewed December 11, 2018

This hike is really great for everyone. The crater floor and the vents are so interesting. Hiking up and down through the lush rain forest is also fun.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

We spent the day enjoying exploring all the wonderful sites and adventures that were open and available to us in the National Park. We spent time walking along this trail, enjoying the wildlife and scenery. This was an easy walk and worth every minute.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018

This is the first crater you come to on the chain of craters drive. Amazing view of a huge volcano crater.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

We did about half this trail before turning back to allow time for other things. The way down to the crater floor isn't bad at all. The trek back up is more difficult as the hills are steep but still doable. The views are worth...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank kaelaceleste
Reviewed November 7, 2018

All craters worth seeing but we ran out of time to go all the way to sea arches. Need many days to fully visit all sites

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bqgore
Reviewed November 1, 2018

The rim road and trails around the volcano were closed due to gases and road damage. Devastation Road was open about 1.7 miles. No active lava anywhere on the island or any of the others. Cool if you like a big crater with some steam...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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September 18, 2018|
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Response from DaveandCaz44 | Reviewed this property |
I think the National Park itself has literally only just re-opened, but as to which trails I don't really know sorry. Their website may tell you more but it's hard to tell from their map...the Iki overlook is open but not... More
August 9, 2018|
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Response from Nancy147 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the Volcano National Park is closed (including this trail). Friday, officials went into the park to assess the safety and damage done by the earthquakes. Hopefully, they open more of the park. The volcanic... More
April 18, 2018|
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Response from worldismyoyster2015 | Reviewed this property |
We came in late to volcano lodge at 3pm so drove straight down chain of craters road parked at thurston lava tube and walked to kiluea iki trail. We walked down to base , explored fissures with steam vents on crater floor... More