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Kilauea Iki Trail
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Kilauea Hike and Glow from Hilo
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Triple Crater Hawaii Volcano Hiking Adventure
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Owner description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
Reviewed August 12, 2014

We hiked several trails within Volcano National Park, Big Island on August 10, 2014. We started at the visitors center and spoke to a guide who gave us great information on which hikes we could complete in the amount of time we had. We decided to visit the Jagger Museum, Hike the lava tube, Hike Kilauea Iki to the crater floor, then hike Kilauea Iki lookout, then we hiked to the steam vents and lastly hiked to the Sulphur Boardwalk.

The lava tube hike (we went left) this was definitely a short hike. Steep going down the short stairs, a quick few minutes through the tube, then the very gradual walk back to the top.Overall it was a short hike and easy grade.

Jagger Museum was closed but the view of the crater from this point is a MUST see!!! There are facilities located here. Parking easy. Can take a stroller/wheel chair here.

Sulphur boardwalk and the steam vents are also a must see! Both locations you can push a stroller or a wheelchair. Very short flat gradual hikes. MUST SEE! The steam vents get HOT be careful!

Kilauea Iki lookout is also a gradual flat hike. Its gravel and dirt so it will be difficult to push a wheelchair or stroller. It is flat, so carrying baby will be easy. The view from here is amazing. Several lookout spots!!!

Finally, Kilauea Iki Hike to the Crater floor. The hike down is about 400 feet down. About 1.2 miles to the crater floor and therefore 1.2 miles back up. It is all shaded and cool all the way down. Once you get to the bottom, you can definitely feel the heat coming from the lava rocks. You have the option to walk across the crater floor or back up. Look out! The walk back up is moderately challenging. The walk up, you will be going up up up the whole time. I recommend the stairmaster prior to doing the hike! LOL ha! But, you can take breaks if needed. My hubby and I went back up not stopping, just keeping a moderate pace. BRING WATER! This is a definite MUST hike!!! This trail is not for strollers or wheelchairs.

15  Thank Kiki V
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

This hike came it as the #1 thing to do on the Big Island. After hiking the trail, I would agree. It was an amazing experience. If you take the trail, go counter clockwise and include the lava tube as part of your hike. I expected the temperature to be warm but it was VERY pleasant. I do recommend closed toed shoes and water. The crater itself is probably over 1 mile with no shade so you may want to bring a hat and sun screen.

2  Thank MSU1992
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

TIP: Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat. I walked the trail in January 2014, and the sun was bearing down hard. So stay hydrated and cool... But to actually walk through a volcano is an experience you won't forget. You'll come across some amazing lava rock formations and the interesting plant life that grows out of the lava. You can walk up to the rim of the crater and have a spectacular view. Do this early in the morning when it's cool, and you should be done by lunch time.

2  Thank Arnold V
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

What an incredibly unique experience, to be able to walk across the floor of a volcano. Not to be missed when visiting Volcano National Park.

Thank mokersj
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

What does it feel like to walk on the moon? Or in the crater of a volcano? Take this nice, easy hike, and you'll see! The views of the crater are terrific from along the rim, and then again while in the crater looking out! We did it in under two hours, and had plenty of time for a light lunch in Hilo, and then to hit some waterfalls on our way back to the hotel following the northern route back.

1  Thank ElauNH
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