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“Perfect first- time visitor hike”
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.
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“Perfect first- time visitor hike”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Take plenty of water and sunscreen. Also make sure you wear shoes with excellent traction, hiking shoes are the best. It is so interesting to hike down through a tropical rain forest, then out onto what looks like a moon-scape. The end of the hike is a bit tiring, but so worth the effort. Parking is also very accessible.

Visited March 2013
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“We did it!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

Wow, hiking through the rainforest with all the lush giant ferns ( which take 10 years to grow 1 foot) birds chirping all around, and amazing aroma is literally one of the best experiences thus far on The BI. Also walking across the dormant volcano and thinking red hot lava used to be in this crater is really remarkable & an amazing experience. The hike was easy for me until the last trek up the volcano.. Definitely bring water! You'll be glad you did this hike!

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“Great hike, incredible pictures”
Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

We really looked forward to this hike as it promised the most diverse views and photo opportunities. Promises kept. From a green jungle descent into the crater (and ascent out of it), to many different forms of lava formed terrain, on to little steam vents and the most peculiar places for plants to grow, we had it all. Rarely have I seen such a diversity and Los been so fascinated by the landscape. We must have taken about 300 photographs alone on this 2 hour hike. Personally I was fascinated about a miniature steam vent, with whips of steam rising from it. Never have I been able to feel the geothermal power of our planet better, even if it was only rainwater being steamed.... according to a friendly park ranger there is hot lava several hundred feet below our feet ... what a thought!

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“Amazing walk across the caldera!”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Was really glad we did this walk. It was amazing that steam was still venting out of cracks! It was interesting to see how new plant life was trying to take hold. You can see the trail and hikers from the top of tthe ridge before you head down but when you are walking across the bottom the trail seems obscure. Luckily there are trail markers (pyramid piles of lava rock) to keep you on track :) Might be a good idea to do on an overcast day as I suspect it would be really hot on a sunny day as the ground is dark and there is no shade.

Visited March 2013
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Little Rock, AR
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

This 4 mile hike takes you from high up above, through a rainforest and down about 500 feet to the crater floor, which is still steaming and cooling from the volcano which happened there back in the 50's. You can take the trail starting from either the right or the left, but I would recommend starting on the right and looping around. The weather conditions can, and did, change abruptly. Therefore, you will want to take gear for sun, rain and the cold. I get cold fairly easy and so I was glad to have on my yoga pants and an insulated rain jacket with a hood. The hike really is a truly an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it.

Visited February 2013
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