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“Great Morning Hike” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kilauea Iki Trail

Kilauea Iki Trail
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Owner description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
San Antonio, Texas
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“Great Morning Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is a great 4 mile hike that takes you down the side of the mountain through lush vegetation then you walk out across the lava fields and finally end with a hike up the other side of the mountain. You can see the steam coming up in between the lava fields, it is really cool. When you exit the hike you can then walk across the street and go through the lava tunnel.

It does get extremely busy so I would recommend going earlier morning, espcially if you are like me and want peace and quite to enjoy nature and listen to the birds.

Take layers, it is cool walking in the vegetation then gets really warm on the lava fields. Take water as there is nothing available on the 4 mile loop. There are 2 enterances, you park at one then walk the loop and end up at the other enterance - not to worry walk along the street for less than 1/2 mile and you are back to your car!!

Enjoy your hike !!!

Visited December 2012
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“Like Walking on the Moon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

This was a fantastic experience at Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. As we hiked, steam was coming out of cracks in the ground all over the floor of the crater. Around the perimeter of the crater, there were beautiful flowers, plants and birds.

It took us 2.25 hours to hike halfway around the top of the crater, then down, across and back up near the Kileaua Iki Parking Lot. We were hiking with two boys -- 14 and 11.

Bring your camera on this moderately challenging hike. Also bring water, your hat, sunglasses and your hiking boots (no flip flops!).

Visited January 2013
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“Unforgetable hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

Unforgettable hike for the distance of four miles - unforgettable heat - unforgettable grades (straight up and straight down - unforgettable steam vents - unforgettable views of the crater - unforgettable plants and flowers. This will be the one great hike of our lives. Take rain gear regardless of weather conditions rain will fall here without a moments notice. Take plenty of water. Go counter-clockwise around the loop as the eastern side is steps and the western side is sloped trails with four switch-backs.

Visited October 2012
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“Great and easy track”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

I found this 2,5 mile track rather easy and done it in relaxed pace with pictures taking in less then 2 hours starting from the car park lot, the place from which can see a majority of the track. To get to the head trail you need of course a car as this is the only way how to go around the Volcano national park. As it can be hot and humid on the way take a plenty of water to cool down and also sun lotion. Only the beginning and the end of the trail is in shade. On the trail you can see still active vents and diverse landscape. The end of the trail ends by the Thurston Lava Tube if you start from the parking lot.

Visited October 2012
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“Great for solo travelers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

I am usually apprehensive about hiking alone (who will alert the authorities if something happens!) but had no qualms about setting out alone on this hike for two reasons: (1) there are so many other people that you are rarely alone and (2) about a third of the hike can be seen from the viewpoint in the parking lot.

This is not a difficult hike but it is hot. I am not a great hiker (had some difficulty with the Captain Cook trail a few days before) but I was practically jogging through some portions. Other people, determined to hike the trail despite their clear lack of experience, were simply taking it slowly. The trail is well marked and it is nearly impossible to get lost. There are even some benches along the crater rim for resting.

The view from the parking lot is great but it is nothing compared to what you see when you are actually in the crater.

Visited October 2012
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