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“An absolute must-do in Volcanoes National Park!”
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.
Montgomery, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“An absolute must-do in Volcanoes National Park!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

The entire hike is around 4 miles, but probably very doable for most fitness levels, provided you don’t mind climbing up and down some rock stairs. I think we spent around 2.5 hours there, but we stopped a good bit for pictures and exploration off the trail. Good shoes are a must! Sunscreen and water are essential, too. It was wild—we started in the rainforest and ended up in what seemed to be a barren crater, which upon closer inspection was belching steam (you could feel the heat and smell the sulfur), with a considerable amount of plant life (succulent ferns and others). Take your time to marvel at the olivine and look for Pele’s hair twinkling in the sunlight. Don’t miss out on this incredible experience!

Visited April 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Best Walk in the Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

This walk is definitely the highlight of any stay in the park now that it is not possible to see the lava flow into the sea. We went in January. The first day was foggy and the crater was completely filled with the mist. Luckily the second day was clear and we could see completely across the crater and completed the circular walk in a couple of hours. The trail notes are very helpful and well worth taking so that you understand what you are seeing.

Visited January 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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“Like an alien landscape- amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

Heard good things about this trail, so we put it on our list. We went round trip starting from the trailhead by the Kilauea Iki overlook (closest to the visitors center) and hiked along the north rim of the crater counterclockwise, walking back east across the base of the crater. Lush rainforest on the rim transitions into a rocky, barren landscape at the base with steam still shooting out of cracks in the ground. Very very cool experience. Note there is NO shelter in the crater, so be prepared for either rain or baking sun while you're down there. (It was just overcast for us, so we didn't have either issue.) Switchbacks take you out of the crater, back through rainforest, dumping you out at the parking lot across from the Thurston lava tube. We chose to take a spin through there, and then afterwards continued on the Kilauea Iki trail through the rainforest, connecting back to the original trailhead/overlook. Stopping often for pictures and general enjoyment of the scenery, we spent 3 hours to make the whole trip. Moderate difficulty, but we had no problems, even with one of us having a torn labrum! Very unique experience, and a must do while at the park.

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“It's like walking on another world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

My favourite trail in Volcanoes National Park! You start in a lush forest and then descend into the crater. Make sure to take the time to enjoy the almost alien landscape. I joked that a gorn might be behind a pile of lava rocks.

Visited March 2014
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Kailua Kona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Put It On The Must Do List”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014

We live in Kona, but had a cabin in Volcano. The Kilauea Iki hike is a must do. We have done the hike a hundred times and it is always a joy. This is Hawaii, so I don't need to talk about the weather....be prepared. It is a rain forest. We recently took our family, and it was a highlight of the trip. We usually walk clockwise, which is opposite the guide book and recommended way. We prefer to park in the overflow lot, hike down the switchbacks, across and up the steep part. Then we finish at the parking lot! Plus or minus 2 hours seems about average. No restrooms or water. It's a magical hike with rain forests, lava fields and other-world surroundings. Please stay on the trails and help keep it clean!!

Visited April 2014
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