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“One of our vacation highlights”
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.
Centreville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“One of our vacation highlights”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

This hike was one of the highlights of our visit to the Big Island! We followed the recommendation from “Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook” and started this hike headed counterclockwise from the overlook at the parking lot. The first 1.2 miles were a steady decline into the crater with lush rainforest and breathtaking views along the way. When you reach the crater floor you feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet. Amazing! Hiking across the crater floor got pretty windy at times and I was glad to have a light sweatshirt to throw on because I get cold easily (it was in the low 70’s in June). Once we reached the other side of the crater and began our ascent back to the overlook I realized that I should have packed an energy bar or some other light snack. We were already about 1.5 hours into the hike at that point. Despite stopping a lot to take pictures we definitely had used a lot of energy. We did bring water which is great, but don’t drink too much because there are no bathrooms along the way and the full hike is about 4 miles (~2 hours). This is an overall FANTASTIC hike that I recommend to anyone who is in generally good fitness condition. The guidebook said this hike is ‘moderate / easy’ but I encourage you to rethink doing the full loop if you tire easily or have physical challenges.

Visited June 2013
6 Thank Ann C
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“Choose "Right" Trail Entrance”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

If you are able to do this moderate (mostly mild) hike, this trail is a "must see and do" when visiting the Big Island. Incredible to start and end your journey on a rain forest trail with a mostly barren, rocky lava lake in between! We were advised to begin our hike at the entrance on the "RIGHT SIDE" of the first parking lot - hiking counter clockwise on the map. This created an easy hike (few steep downhill spots) until you hiked out of the crater at the end of the trail - much steeper, but "doable". Don't forget your water and snacks!

Visited May 2013
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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Awesome hike”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

We did the complete circle in 2+ hours. Stopped for photos the whole way around. It started raining on us, so we were up the trail on the end of the hike in a hurry. Super hot steam vents in the crater floor. Hard to believe...be careful if you feel the steam! They can hit an extra puff of steam out and burn you in a hurry. A definite on a trip to VNP.

Visited May 2013
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tucson az
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“My Mother's Day hike”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

What did you do for Mother's Day? I hiked a lava lake. It was awesome! This is moderate hike, about 4 miles long. Kilauea Iki (Little Kilauea) is a small caldera located next to the much larger and still active Kilauea. It last erupted in 1959. It has hills of lava, bubbles of lava, steam vents and pretty much looks like you are walking on the surface of the moon, yet you will see ferns and flowering plants along the way that add a fragile beauty. If you are in Volcano it is well worth the 1 1/2 to 2 hours it takes to hike it.
1. Start early. It gets very warm as the heat of the afternoon reflects off the black lava.
2. Take at least a liter of water per person, more if you get a late start.
3. Wear closed toe shoes or hiking sandals. Lava can be sharp.
4. Wear a hat and sunscreen.
5. Take a snack or lunch. We ate on a hill at the eruption site.
6. If you want a gradual descent and stairs coming back out turn clockwise at the top. Reverse it and you take the stars down.
7. Take your time and enjoy. Look around and up when you are at the bottom. You are hiking a LAVA LAKE! Amazing.

Visited May 2013
3 Thank krlynn
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Short Hike, but great experience!”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

When we visited Vocano area, the weather was not that good... Rainy and foggy... But, this Kilauea Iki Trail was amazing. From the top, we could not see the whole crater, but when we got down there, we could see an amazing view. We were in the middle of a holy place. On the floor, the steam is still coming out. The floor is not just a bottom floor with some cracks. It seems a pile of small plates. My son was pleased when he found many "crevasse". Highly recommend this place.

Visited May 2013
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