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“A Hike of Contrasts”
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.
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“A Hike of Contrasts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

You hike through a forest down to the crater floor. You can walk up to the steam vents which are very hot but not smelly. This was one of our more enjoyable hikes.

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“It's #1 For a Reason”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

Two guidebooks and TripAdvisor all agreed this was the best hike on the island, and we have to agree! Rigorous but not strenuous. There were lots of opportunities to veer off to other trails--we ended up at the Thurston Lava Tube and Visitor's Center. Great photo opportunities and vistas. Eerie walk over the crater floor where magma is still boiling 300ft below your shoes.

Visited June 2014
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White Rock, Canada
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“Fascinating family hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

This trail is a wonderful combination of jungle rain forest and an open air hike bisecting the crater floor of Kilauea Iki ('little Kilauea'). We've done this trail every visit to the Big Island, with our kids when they were little, and now when they're adults (they insist and we're more than happy to comply). It's a fascinating combination of Hawaiian rain forest along the crater rim, and then across the lava strewn (and occasional steam vented) crater floor. Wear good shoes, bring lots of water, wear sunscreen and hats, and be prepared for a 2- to 3-hour experience - you won't be disappointed!

Visited June 2014
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“We loved this hike!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2014

I have been to HVNP several times but had not done any of the longer hikes; after reading the Tripadvisor reviews we decided the Kilauea Iki Trail sounded perfect...we went to the Kilauea Visitor's Center and spoke to a ranger to check the Volcanic Fume levels and makes sure it was safe to hike that area on that day...and to talk about any precautions we should take in case the wind shifted the Volcanic Fumes our direction - I highly recommend doing this...On Crater Rim Drive we parked at the Kilauea Iki Trail parking lot and accessed the trailhead; we went counterclockwise as recommended by most of the reviews on all the websites we looked at (I also recommend this counter-clockwise route -- I think the "step area" would be very difficult to hike back up as they are a little too far apart for me). the hike was great - we went on an overcast day and for us the weather was perfect - if it had been sunny we might not have enjoyed it quite as much - it would have been too hot for us.

We started out through jungle/forest area on a nice path, then climbed in elevation on the ridge, then down for quite awhile with big "steps" down from rocky trail areas, across the crater floor (which is still warm and has steam vents), and then back up a forested switch back area, then walked past Thurston Lava Tube parking lot on a path back to the Kilauea Iki Trail parking lot. The total hike is a 4 mile loop. We really enjoyed this hike - it had a lot of different terrain; we will probably do this hike every year we come to Hawaii - I would rate it a 5 - and give it moderate activity level - that would move to very difficult/dangerous if it was muddy/slippery.
Please remember this is not Disneyland - read the safety information at the Visitor Center or on the internet - we saw tourists who were not dressed properly, who were walking in areas that appeared dangerous, who did not have proper shoes on, who did not have any water, who did not have anything other then their persons, etc. you are outside in an area with an active volcano where weather/and wind can change abruptly. This is not a hike for flip flops...bring a jacket you might get rained/poured on, bring water, bring sunblock, come prepared, stay on the marked path, etc. - I would not do this hike without a backpack and proper gear and for me that means...lots of water, tennis shoe w/ good tread or hiking boots, hat, sunblock, small first aid kit, snacks, something to wet and cover my mouth/nose/eyes if the wind changes and the Volcanic Fumes comes towards us (a thin tank top will do), a lightweight jacket or hoodie, a flashlight, etc.

Visited February 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Fun adventure!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2014

We initially didn't plan to hike the crater, but after listening to the geology talk by the ranger at the visitor center, we were convinced, and it was well worth it. The hike was easy - the first half is pretty shaded through the rainforest and it was just amazing seeing all the different flora along the trail. The second half went right through the crater which was such a cool experience - when else would you get to walk through history like that?

Visited July 2014
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