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“Explore the crater”
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Kilauea Iki Trail
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Owner description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
Reviewed April 25, 2014

This is a moderate hike that i think most healthy people can do with no problems. We started hiking from the forest part which is wonderful and has so many strange trees and plants. You get to view the crater through the trees and get surprised when you see tiny dots in the middle which are actually people walking through the crater. In the crater there are many vents and interesting rocks. The view of the surroundings is stunning. I would recommend this to everyone.

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Reviewed April 25, 2014

Read about this walk in our lonely planet guide and decided to give it a go. It is a self-guided walk that takes you down in to the old crater and back up to the rim again. The scenery along the way is absolutely fantastic - from lush tropical rainforest along the edges to black dry rock through the crater (some of it still steaming through the cracks). Just beautiful! My parter and I are quite fast paced and of average-good fitness. We breezed through quite quickly and found the walk easy. The decent upwards was the most tiring, but still very gradual and easy to do.

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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!

1  Thank Dawn A
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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.

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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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